Netflix is once more expanding its global filmmaking efforts with an adaptation of the Egyptian supernatural drama titled ‘Paranormal’ by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. This Middle Eastern series will be produced by Mohamed Hefzy, and Amr Salama with Salama also tasked as the writer and showrunner. Sadly, Tawfik passed away in 2018 so won’t be able to see this live-action take on one of his novels and with the prolific author having penned over 200 books, there might be more tales we can see heading to the streaming service in the future.
For those unfamiliar with his work, Khaled Tawfik is noted to be the first contemporary Arab writer of horror, science fiction, and medical thrillers.
The series will take place in the 1960s and follows Dr. Refaat Ismail, “a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.” The story is said to be “packed with mystery and suspense.”
While this is the first Egyptian show to hit the streaming series, it is the third Middle Eastern one following both ‘Jinn‘ and ‘Al Rawabi School for Girls.’
Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals at Netflix, opened up on the title stating:
“We are so excited to be investing in more Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed Paranormal series of novels into an exciting show. We’re also pleased to collaborate with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Amr Salama whose creative vision we look forward to bringing to our international audience.”
Producer Hefzy added:
“I’m proud to be working with Netflix on bringing to life the Paranormal series, which I hold dear to my heart. I’m also excited to be cooperating again with long-time collaborator and friend, director Amr Salama. Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality and that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama.”
Salama is truly motivated to be bringing this to life as well:
“I’m very excited about this project, It was my dream to adapt Paranormal of the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama since I ever wanted to be a filmmaker. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping the essence of Paranormal. I can’t wait to introduce these exciting stories to the Netflix public in 190 countries around the world.”
There will be quite a bit of passion guiding this project, and I’m eager to see more details of it come to light!
Are you excited for ‘Paranormal’ to hit Netflix? If you’ve read any of Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s works, do you feel that we might be seeing more of them adapted in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below