Abla Fahita is going global thanks to new deal with Netflix
The popular Egyptian puppet figure is returning to TV with her very own Netflix series
Popular comedy puppet Abla Fahita is returning to television, this time with her very own series on Netflix. The Egyptian show will "shed light on the human side of Abla Fahita in a social comedy-drama full of thrill," says the streaming service in a statement. The show is due to be released in 2020, but an exact date has yet to be announced.
"We are very excited to be collaborating with Abla Fahita, one of the most prominent comedians in Egypt and the wider Arab region," said Netflix's director of international originals, Ahmed Sharkawi. "We are looking forward to working with Abla Fahita in order to bring our Arab and international audience a fun innovative series full of laughter and excitement."
Abla Fahita will be released in more than 20 languages and in 190 countries.
“Damn this globalisation! I barely had enough time for my own show and now they want me to do a series," Abla Fahita jokingly commented. "I always say that Egyptian comedy is a great product for export after the Egyptian cotton. And it’s obvious how the world today is a sad place in dire need of laughter. And nothing beats the Egyptian sense of humour to relieve the world of its misery."
After the end of her first original show, Life in the Duplex, which aired on an Egyptian satellite channel in 2018, this will be her first opportunity to act in a scripted series.
Abla Fahita is centred around the comedic character's adventures after fame, and how her life changes completey when she finds herself chased by law and society.
The show will be the second Egyptian original series on the streaming site, after Paranormal, a series based on the books by the late Ahmed Khaled Towfik was announced back in May.
Updated: December 24, 2019 11:31 AM