'Baahubali': Netflix orders prequel TV series; director SS Rajamouli to head project
The new Netflix TV series 'Baahubali: Before the Beginning' is based on a 2017 book by writer Anand Neelakantan which is a prequel novel to 2015 film 'Baahubali: The Beginning'
The Baahubali franchise has resulted in some of the highest grossing movie of all times at the Indian box office and Netflix is now looking at having a piece of this pie. In a recent update, the streaming giant announced that it will soon create a prequel series for the franchise, and the story is going to be a partial adaptation of 'The Rise of Sivagami', a 2017 book by writer Anand Neelakantan, and a prequel novel to the 2015 film 'Baahubali: The Beginning'.
The upcoming show is set to be titled 'Baahubali: Before the Beginning' and it has bagged a two-season order from the streaming giant already.
The film's director, SS Rajamouli and the original production house, Arka Media Works, are going to be heading the TV adaptation. 'The Rise of Sivagami' is the first of a proposed novel trilogy called 'Baahubali – Before the Beginning'.
You witnessed the Mahishmati Empire in all its glory. Now witness its rise. Baahubali: Before the Beginning coming soon. pic.twitter.com/csPODOcXdt— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) August 2, 2018
The official description of the show that was provided by Netflix reads: "This (prequel) series captures Queen Sivagami’s journey from a rebellious and vengeful girl to a wise and unequalled queen. Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati - from being a city-state to an empire. This is the rich backdrop and drama where the Baahubali franchise is set. The series promises to build on the incredible narrative style of the franchise - including its high production values, spectacular visuals and connective-epic story-telling.
"Deva Katta (Prassthanam) and Praveen Sataru (Guntur Talkies) will co-direct the series. Katta had revealed the show was under development last month, noting it will have three seasons. Netflix has given a two-season order, but it could very well extend that if the series is a success."
'Baahubali: Before the Beginning' is going to be the second TV adaptation from the Baahubali franchise after Amazon's animated version of the same, titled 'Baahubali: The Lost Legends' last year. The franchise had begun with the pioneering movie in 2015, 'Baahubali: The Beginning'. Soon after, in 2017, the sequel 'Baahubali: The Conclusion' followed. Together, the two films have been able to garner over Rs 24 billion in global ticket sales.
“The World of Baahubali is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms," Rajamouli said in a statement. "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.”
“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally," Erik Barmack, Netflix's VP for international originals added. "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.”
“We have been working for over a year now in developing this story, a prequel to the films as an Netflix original series," Prasad Devineni, Arka Media Works producer said. "We are happy to be partnering with Netflix to produce this amazing story. This partnership gives us the reach and the creative freedom to bring to life the full potential of the series in all its grandeur and exceed the high expectations set by both our films.”