OTT streaming platform, Netflix has ordered yet another Original for India. Based on one of the country’s highest grossing movie franchises, Baahubali, the two-season series is titled Baahubali: Before the Beginning and will be a prequel to Baahubali: the Beginning and Baahubali: the Conclusion.
The first season, which comprises of nine episodes, will be an adaptation of Anand Neelakantan’s book, The Rise of Sivagami and depict the tale of Queen Sivagami’s journey to the throne. Netflix is also retaining the team behind the existing two movies including production house, Arka Media Works, and screenwriter, SS Rajamouli. The direction will be handled together by Telugu filmmakers, Deva Katta and Praveen Sataru. Although it will be a while before we have any dates or trailers since Netflix is yet to begin work on the TV show.
Commenting further on the launch, Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals, Netflix, said, “Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally. We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global Baahubali fandom.”
Baahubali: Before the Beginning is one of the nearly ten Originals for India Netflix has in development right now. The company recently also released a teaser for Emraan Hashmi starrer Bard of Blood. With the Sacred Games’ positive reception, Netflix is looking to finally establish a strong presence in what many consider a hotbed for OTT services. The platform is also producing a documentary of the IPL team, Mumbai Indians to garner more local attention.
Director, SS Rajamouli, added by stating, “The World of Baahubali is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms. The films Baahubali -The Beginning and The Conclusion, are from one story set in this world and more dramatic stories were broadly conceived while building the Universe. The Baahubali Series, a prequel to the films, is one such story. I am very excited that this is being adapted as a Netflix Original Series. With Netflix as our partner, we have the opportunity to create a rich and riveting series and take this quintessential Indian epic to the world, which is very gratifying to me as a story-teller.”