Streaming giant Netflix has announced that Jinn, its first Arabic original series, will be filmed in Jordan later this year.
The supernatural drama will center on a group of teenagers that encounter a malevolent spirit in the ancient city of Petra.
The six-part series is due for release in 2019 and has been penned by Jordan’s Bassel Ghandour, who also co-wrote 2014’s Oscar-nominated Theeb.
“We are really excited about this. It is very common in the Middle East that people know someone who has a Jinn story, so it’s nice to take that and turn it into a fun and mysterious teen adventure that everyone can enjoy,” Ghandour said in a statement released by Netflix. “On a broader note, I love that Netflix is investing a lot in the region, it’s a real turning point. We have such a rich storytelling culture, and we’ll finally be able to enjoy Arabic content with Netflix quality.”
Jinn is Netflix’s second project in the region. Its first project, the Arabic stand-up comedy Adel Karam: Live from Beirut, was launched in March.
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