Written by Tom Deehan on Feb 27, 2018. Posted in On Location / Production News

Netflix’s first Arabic series to film in Jordan

Netflix has commissioned its first Arabic original series, entitled Jinn, which will film in locations throughout Jordan. Directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and penned by Bassel Ghandour, the six-part series will feature Middle-Eastern talent and premier on the streaming service in 2019.

Jordan, Film, Filming, News, Article, Production, IndustryThe title of the series refers to a supernatural creature that appears in Islamic mythology.

Detailing the series, Bassel Ghandour states: “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. 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."

Erik Barmack, VP of International Original Series at Netflix adds: “we’re delighted to be working with such a variety of breakout talent to launch our first Arabic original series in the Middle East. We are extremely excited to bring this story to a global audience, and to celebrate Arab youth and culture. We can’t wait to share more details later this year.”

Jordan now offers a 10-20% cash rebate for productions that spend at least 20% of their overall budget within the country. In addition, at least 50 Jordanian crew members and 20 local interns must be hired for eligibility.

The country recently hosted production on Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin.

Elsewhere in the world, principal photography is currently underway for Netflix’s first Polish-language series.


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