Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 30 September 2020

It's a wrap: Netflix's first Egyptian series 'Paranormal' has finished filming

The show is based on the bestselling series of novels by the late Egyptian writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfik

It is not yet known when 'Paranormal' will air on Netflix. Netflix 
It is not yet known when 'Paranormal' will air on Netflix. Netflix 

Netflix’s first original Egyptian series Paranormal finished filming last weekend.

The show’s director, Amr Salama, announced the end of its production phase on Saturday by posting an image of a clapperboard with the hashtag #itsawrap and “in these difficult circumstances" written in Arabic.

The Netflix-produced show is based on the bestselling series of novels by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. The late Egyptian author is considered one of the first contemporary writers of horror and science fiction in the Arab world and wrote more than 200 books.

Set in the 1960s, the series tells the story of haematologist Refaat Ismail (Ahmed Amin), who tries to uncover the truth behind a series of supernatural events.

The show marks the first collaboration between Netflix and Egyptian producers. However, there is still no news as to when it will be available on the streaming platform.

"I’m very excited about this project,” Salama, who is also one of the show’s producers, told Egyptian media. “It has always been my dream to make Paranormal into a series. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping its essence. I can't wait to introduce these exciting stories to Netflix's audience in 190 countries around the world.”

Paranormal is the third original Netflix show to come out of the Middle East after Jinn, which takes place in a Jordanian high school that two jinns are using as a supernatural battleground, and Al Rawabi School for Girls, which focuses on a group of bullied outcasts at an all-girl school in Jordan.

Updated: July 20, 2020 09:44 PM

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