‘One Hundred Years in Solitude’ adaptation coming to the small screen

Netflix is set to develop a new series called One Hundred Years in Solitude, which is the first-ever television adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 seminal novel. 

The series will be executive produced by Marquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, for whom the pair are set to make the One Hundred Years of Solitude series only in Spanish.

 Acquiring rights to adapt their father’s novel was hard-won,  García said that his father was skeptical of the magical realist novels’ capacity to fit within a traditional film structure, and wanted the story to be told in Spanish.

Marquez’s sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha
Marquez with wife Mercedes and sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha Credit: content/dcm

They shared in a recent statement: “In the current golden age of series, with the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content, and the acceptance by worldwide audiences of programs in foreign languages, the time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides. We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product.”

The Filming is set to take place in the Nobel prize-winning author’s home country of Colombia.

Setting the standard, the author has come to be known for, albeit, inventing the genre known as magical realism, it’s a pretty high bar to bring to the screen given the novel’s cult status.

As per a review when it was first published, by —William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review  “One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. . . . Mr. Garcia Marquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life.”