Netflix loves itself a good book-to-series adaptation (Mindhunter! A Series of Unfortunate Events!), and its latest has us very excited—if a little skeptical.
The streaming service announced today that it’s adapting Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Published in Spanish (as Cien Años de Soledad) in 1967, the book is considered to be one of the most significant works of the 20th century, and has sold more than 50 million copies.
It tells the story of the multigenerational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in Colombia.
Sound hard to adapt? Duh, and that’s why García Márquez, who died in 2014, famously refused to sell the film rights.
But now, with the blessing of his sons, Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha—who will serve as executive producers—Netflix is taking a crack at it. In a press release, Garcia said, “For decades our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad because he believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice.”
We’ll admit we’re having a hard time imagining how this will come together, but given how much we love the source text, we can’t wait to see how it turns out.