Amr Salama and Mohamed Hefzy to produce Egypt's first original Netflix series

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 May 2019

The series is based on late writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfik's horror stories Ma Waraa Al-Tabeea

Ma Waraa Al-Tabeea (Paranormal) the first Egyptian series to be announced on Netflix (Photo: part of promotional material)

Netflix has announced that it will be producing its third Arabic original series and its first venture into Egyptian drama with Paranormal (Ma Waraa Al-Tabeea), to be directed by Amr Salama and produced by Mohamed Hefzy.

The series is based on the best-selling books by late novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik.

The horror stories are set in the 1960s in Egypt -- where the show will be filmed -- and follow the character of Dr. Refaat Ismail as he encounters various supernatural events, mostly inspired by Egyptian folk tales and mythology.

The high-profile duo Salama and Hefzy last collaborated in the 2017 on the award-winning movie Sheikh Jackson.

"It was my dream to adapt Paranormal by the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama ever since I wanted to be a filmmaker," Salama said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

The director added that he wants to present the books in a new light, while still keeping their essence.

Paranormal is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original series following two series from Jordan; 'Jinn', and 'Al Rawabi School for Girls,' which was produced with a fully female Arab cast and crew.

Netflix's first Middle Eastern project was the Arabic stand-up comedy Adel Karam: Live From Beirut, while its first Middle East acquisition was in 2016 with the Emirati feature Zinzana.

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