Streaming service Netflix has announced a new original series based on Bilal Siddiqi’s 2015 novel The Bard of Blood. The eight-part series will be produced along with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.
Siddiqi’s novel is about a former spy, Kabir Anand “who is recalled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani to save his country and long-lost love”, according to a press release. “A combination of combat skills, intellectual background and personal circumstances propel Kabir to avenge the past and face his deadliest enemies in a race against time.”
The series will be shot on location and in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages. “We believe in the global vision of Red Chillies to create groundbreaking content out of India,” Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings said in a press release. “It’s exciting to deepen our relationship with Red Chillies and expand our slate of originals in India.”
An adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel Sacred Games is currently underway, produced by Netflix and Phantom Films and starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, among others.