After launching its Indian version in January this year, Netflix has reportedly announced its first original series in the country. Based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel Sacred Games, the series will be produced in partnership with Phantom Films, according to the Indian Express.
Phantom Films is a film production house, spearheaded by directors Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl.
To be shot in India, the Hindi-English series will delve into the novel’s intricate storyline on the organised crimes and corruption in 19th century Mumbai.
The novel had bagged several awards like the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award in addition to a million dollar advance to Chandra from publisher HarperCollins. The Guardian called it “an epic thriller which doubles as an anatomy of modern India.”
In a press release issued by the Netflix, Chandra said: “Over the last few years, I’ve watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows.”
“I’m confident that all the colour and vitality and music of the fictional world I’ve lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix. I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films,” he added.
Meanwhile Anurag Kashyap has retweeted the news but has been unavailable for a comment.
— Variety Asia (@VarietyAsia) June 6, 2016