Netflix's first Arabic original series starts shooting in Jordan
Jinn was announced by Netflix in February, and is set to debut in 2019.
Netflix’s first Arabic original series, teen supernatural thriller Jinn, started filming in Jordan this week.
The six-episode series, which was announced by the entertainment service in February, comes from Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, and features a cast of young Arab talent, including Salma Malhas, Hamza Abu Eqab and Sultan Alkhalil.
Jinn will follow a group of teenagers whose lives are disrupted when a jinn (also known as a genie) in the form of a teenage boy appears before them in the ancient city of Petra.
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The coming-of-age drama began production in Ammam on Monday.
“At Netflix, we’re always looking for local stories with an interesting and relatable perspective to bring to screens all over the world,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of International Original Series.
“With Jinn, we aim to create a fantastical show about young people in the Middle East in Arabic that’s real, authentic and action-packed. This Netflix show will be full of intrigue, adventure and amazing storytelling from Jordan and for our audiences around the world.”
Executive producer and head writer Elan Dassani added: “Arab youth are just like teens everywhere, trying to find the balance between embracing modern culture whilst keeping true to their rich history. We’re excited to be able to bring a show reflecting this to Netflix fans across the world.”
The series is expected to launch to Netflix members worldwide in 2019.