Not content with hosting great TV from around the world, Netflix has recently begun to commission it too, starting with the addition of Marseille, an eight-part French original series starring Gerard Depardieu, to the streaming service last month.
Now it seems they’re going a little further afield. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered an original Hindi-language crime thriller series called Sacred Games, based on a 2006 novel by Vikram Chanda.
Set in modern-day Mumbai, the critically acclaimed novel explores the web of organized crime, corruption, politics, and espionage that lies beneath India’s economic renaissance, pitting a jaded cop against India’s most wanted gangster.
It’ll be made by Phantom Films, an Indian production company co-founded by director and producer Anurag Kashyap, who co-produced the BAFTA-winning film The Lunchbox and whose 2012 two-part epic Gangs of Wasseypur was streamed as an eight-part series on the video giant’s U.S. service last year. He and co-founders Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena set up Phantom Films in 2011 as part of an emerging “new wave” of Indian filmmaking that produces independent films starring relative newcomers.
Phantom currently has a number of projects in the works, including director Motwane’s upcoming Bollywood live-action movie version of Chakra the Invincible, the first Indian superhero to come from the legendary creator of Spider-Man, Stan Lee. Sacred Games will be their first foray into TV.
Deals like this make global streaming services like Netflix more relevant to local audiences, but that breadth goes both ways: it adds to the wealth of TV and films from around the world we can now choose from online.
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