First Arabic Netflix Series to be Filmed in Jordan

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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