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Netflix is adapting 2 of the greatest novels of all time

Updated Jan 9th, 2023 1:28AM EST
All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix
Image: Reiner Bajo/Netflix

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Book adaptations

, for obvious reasons, offer a never-ending wellspring of creative inspiration for all the major streaming services, helping them to keep their development pipelines chock-a-block with new projects that can turn into compelling releases that keep people subscribed. On that score, coming to Netflix soon is a pair of major projects — a series, and a feature-length film — adapted from two of the most celebrated novels in history.

The books include an epic World War I novel and another from Latin America that’s suffused with “magical realism.”

One Hundred Years of Solitude – new series coming to Netflix

“The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.”

On Friday, October 21 — the 40th anniversary of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez’s phone call from Paris informing him he’d won the Nobel Prize in literature — the streaming giant detailed its plans for one of the adaptations, which will bring to life Márquez’s world-renowned novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

It’s being turned into a TV series, explained Netflix vice president of Latin American content Francisco Ramos who added that the streamer is working with a team of mostly Colombian writers, directors, and set designers. Ramos also identified the two directors who’ve been tapped to helm the show’s first season. They are Alex Garcia, who’s directed projects including Netflix’s The Witcher, and Laura Mora.

Mora’s credits include films like The Kings of the World, which Colombia has put forward as a potential international contender during the 2023 Academy Awards.

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All Quiet on the Western Front

“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial — I believe we are lost.”

Also coming to Netflix — in very short order, as in just a few days from now — is an adaptation of a war novel that ranks among the greatest ever written.

Debuting on October 28, All Quiet on the Western Front is a German-language film adaptation of WWI veteran Erich Maria Remarque’s magisterial 1928 novel about the carnage and the sacrifice of front-line soldiers during “the war to end all wars.”

All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix
Felix Kammerer, center, in Netflix’s WWI movie “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Image source: Reiner Bajo/Netflix

The film has some major expectations to live up to, largely because its source material is considered to be one of the most important novels of the modern era. The movie hit select theaters in the US earlier this month, and it will be a German submission for consideration as a “Best International Feature Film” during the 95th Academy Awards next year.

The story follows a young German soldier named Paul and his comrades whose initial euphoria about fighting turns into fear and desperation to simply keep each other alive in the trenches and on the battlefield.

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