Middle East Adventure

(Above: Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, who will helm the new supernatural teen drama ‘Jinn’ for Netflix. Source: Youtube screenshot)

Netflix will break ground with the series Jinn, a “contemporary supernatural teenage drama focused on young Arab characters.”

Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya will direct, and Jordanian screenwriter Bassel Ghandour, who was nominated for an Oscar for Theeb, will write the young adult fantasy adventure.

The six-episode series is expected to debut in 2019.

The story follows a group of teenagers whose “lives are disrupted when a Jinn in the form of a teenage boy appears to them in the ancient city of Petra. Their friendships and young romances are tested when they set out to stop an even greater darkness that is threatening to destroy the world.“

Jinn are supernatural creatures with roots in early Arabian and later Muslim mythology and theology.

“This is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way,” said Bou Chaaya.

“It is very common in [the] 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,” said Ghandour.

Elan and Rajeev Dassani (SEAM) are executive producers.

Jinn is Netflix’s second project in the Middle East and its first drama about the region. Netflix’s first project, a one-hour stand-up special called Adel Karam:Live from Beirut, will debut this Thursday, March 1.

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