One can’t think of any Saudi novel as popular as Ibraheem Abbas’s HWJN, partly due to the controversy surrounding it. Now, news has come in that popular book will be made into a movie and a 13-episode TV series.
HWJN is almost like the Saudi version of Twilight, except here the vampires are replaced by genies.
According to the Arab News, the announcement was made on the sidelines of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Major Middle Eastern production houses like MBC, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Majid Al Futtaim are coming together to kick off this project.
The project is currently in the pre-productions stage with actual production to begin by the end of the year as per Ali Jaffar of MBC.
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The newspaper also reports that the book was so popular in Saudi that it went on to sell almost 1 million copies as per Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
The movie will release first, the TV series will follow it.
And, guess what? It will be filmed in Saudi.