From Justice (Qalb Al Adala), the legal drama that was set in Abu Dhabi to the documentary series Follow This that features a modest fashion episode, Netflix have certainly started turning their attention to the Middle East. And now, the streaming site has announced they will release their first Arab Netflix original series.
Set in Jordan, Jinn follows a group of young Arab teenagers whose lives are disrupted when a spiritual figure appears in front of them in the ancient city of Petra.
“When a girl accidentally releases a jinn in the form of a teenage boy, they learn they've also unleashed an ancient darkness that threatens the world,” says Netflix, who also describes the six-part series as “suspenseful”.
Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya said in a statement, “this is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way. The level of authenticity Netflix is trying to achieve with this show is definitely what attracted me the most to be part of this project.”
“We are really excited about this. It is very common in 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,” adds Jordanian screenwriter Bassel Ghandour. “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.”
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Being stubborn isn’t bad after all when one has big dreams in life. Acting has always been my biggest passion no matter where life took me. After years of auditioning and learning, I can proudly say that I am an Official Cast Member in one of the biggest acting platforms out there: @netflix @netflixmena , In it’s First Original Arabic Series “JINN”. So grateful and excited for this opportunity Can’t wait for you’ll to see this
The series will be released this summer.