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Paranormal: Netflix orders first Egyptian original drama

Updated 28-05-19 |14:30 PM | Staff Writer

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Netflix is making its first foray into Egyptian drama with Paranormal.

Based the best selling books by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, which have sold more than 15 million copies, Paranormal is set in the 1960s, packed with mystery and suspense. It follows the adventures of Dr. Refaat Ismail, a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.

The series will be produced by both Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, who is also the showrunner and the director.

“We are so excited to be investing in more Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed PARANORMAL series of novels into an exciting show. We’re also pleased to collaborate with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Amr Salama whose creative vision we look forward to bringing to our international audience,” says Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals at Netflix.

This is the third Netflix original show to hail from the Middle East, as the company continues its commitment to exploring more stories and talents in the region.

Show producer, Mohamed Hefzy, comments: “I’m proud to be working with Netflix on bringing to life the PARANORMAL series, which I hold dear to my heart. I’m also excited to be cooperating again with long time collaborator and friend, director Amr Salama. Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality and that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama.”

“I’m very excited about this project, It was my dream to adapt PARANORMAL of the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama since I ever wanted to be a filmmaker. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping the essence of PARANORMAL. I can’t wait to introduce these exciting stories to the Netflix public in 190 countries around the worlds” saidk producer, director, and showrunner Amr Salama.

Expected to be filmed in Egypt, PARANORMAL joins fellow Netflix originals Jinn, which features a cast of emerging Jordanian talents, and Al Rawabi School for Girls, which was announced in April

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