Netflix India acquires worldwide distribution rights for ‘Ghoul’

MUMBAI: Netflix India has acquired worldwide distribution rights for three-part original series ‘Ghoul’, which is being financed and produced by Ivanhoe Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, and Phantom Films.

The series will debut on Netflix India in late 2018. The series was originally meant to be a movie, however, the producers and Netflix India agreed to expand it into the current limited series format.

Set in a covert detention centre, ‘Ghoul’ has been written and directed by Patrick Graham. Nida, an interrogator who turned in her father as an anti-government activist, comes to the centre to realise that some of the terrorists imprisoned there are not from this world. The series stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul in the lead roles.

Produced by Madhu Mantena and Vikramaditya Motwane, Ghoul is the first co-production between Ivanhoe, Blumhouse, and Phantom following a deal to create quality horror filmed entertainment in India.

This year, Netflix is focusing on offering locally produced original series in India. Apart from Ghoul, Netflix is also producing original series such as Leila and Crocodile. Leila an adaption of Prayaag Akbar’s novel with the same title, is a horror series aimed at young adults. The series tells the story of a mother’s search for her daughter, from whom she was separated 16 years ago.

The third series, Crocodile, belongs to the young adult genre. The murder mystery, written by Binky Mendez, is set in Goa and involves Mira’s hunt for her lost friend. Netflix has already announced three other shows from India, Sacred Games, Selection Day and Bard of Blood.

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