NETFLIX ANNOUNCES FIRST ORIGINAL SERIES FROM INDIA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PHANTOM FILMS BASED ON THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NOVEL "SACRED GAMES"
Mumbai, India, 6 June 2016 - Netflix Inc., the world's leading Internet television network, today announced a new Netflix original series based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel Sacred Games by Indian author Vikram Chandra. Shot on location in India, this Hindi-English series will be produced in partnership with Phantom Films, one of India's leading production houses, and be available to Netflix members globally upon completion.
Set in Mumbai, Sacred Games delves into the city's intricate web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India's economic renaissance. It is an epic masterwork of exceptional richness and power that interweaves the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched and the bloodthirsty. .
"Over the last few years, I've watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows," commented Mr. Chandra. "I'm confident that all the colour and vitality and music of the fictional world I've lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix. I'm thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films."
"We are very happy to start this journey with Netflix by producing Vikram's outstanding story, set in Mumbai " said Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films. "And we are extremely confident that, together we will create some exciting and groundbreaking Television content from hereon."
"We are delighted to partner with creative powerhouse, Phantom Films, to bring Vikram Chandra's epic novel to life with the best Indian and global film talent available today," said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix. " Sacred Games reinforces our commitment to bring the authenticity of local stories to Netflix members across 190 countries worldwide."
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
Phantom Films is India's first 'Directors' Company'. It was formed by four young creative minds of the country, viz. Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena in 2011. Phantom has a distinct focus on fostering creative energies to create enduring and entertaining content. In the last 4 plus years of the company's existence they have had 10 releases till now including films like Lootera, Hasee toh Phasee, Queen, Ugly, NH10, Bombay Velvet & Masaan, which won the Fipresci Award in the Un certain Regard category at Cannes last year. This year too, Phantom had its' next film Raman Raghav 2.0 play at Director's Fortnight and a huge multi-starrer film Udta Punjab up for worldwide release in June. Phantom has also partnered with Blumhouse Productions and Ivanhoe Pictures, to produce multiple horror films for the global market.