Streaming service Netflix is known for taking risks, especially when it comes to its program. It’s also pulling from the best and the brightest content across the globe. It’s no surprise then that they’ve finally put in an order for an Arabic-language show, the supernatural drama Jinn.
The six-part drama follows young Arab teens as they have an encounter with a Jinn, a creature of Middle Eastern folklore, in the ancient city of Petra. This sets them off an adventure to save the world from the Jinn, who look to take it over.
Executive producers include Elan and Rajeev Dassani, who are VFX specialists on shows like Scandal and Justified, Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, and Bassel Ghandour, who wrote the Oscar nominated Theeb.
Ghandour tells Deadline that the show will be a fun adventure series with a global appeal:
“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.”
Could this new show be a Middle Eastern Stranger Things? Or will it being something even newer and more exciting to our media landscape?
Jinn is currently set to premiere sometime in 2019.