Mumbai: Netflix, on Friday, announced that they will be adopting Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel Midnight’s Children to a new original series.
The Booker Prize-winning novel which deals with India’s transition from British colonialism to independence is considered an example of postcolonial, postmodern, and magic realist literature.
Midnight’s Children follows the life of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the time of India’s Independence. The story revolves around Sinai’s telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.
“I am absolutely delighted that Midnight’s Children will have a new life on Netflix, and greatly look forward to working with them to help create it,” Rushdie said in a statement.
For the first time the novel will be adapted into a series. It was adapted for the theatre by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003 and by director Deepa Mehta in 2012.