Viu launches thriller series 'Zodiac'

Viu launches thriller series 'Zodiac'
Published: 1 April 2019 - 7:55 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

OTT video service Viu has today revealed the details of its upcoming Viu Original titled “Zodiac”. The crime thriller series is based on the novel series “Hazak El Youm” by the late renowned Egyptian author, Dr Ahmed Khalid Tawfiq, known as the pioneer of Arabic science fiction.

Directed by Mahmoud Kamel and produced by Film Clinic in collaboration with El-Masa Media Production, the series combines the genres of drama and supernatural mystery. This is the fifth Arabic Viu Original and follows the recent launch of the Egyptian Ana Sherry dot Com and the Saudi Doon, which were introduced earlier this year and well received by millennials and Gen-Z audiences across the Middle East.

Zodiac follows the lives of a group of students who encounter a curse that takes the lives of individuals around them. The curse follows a pattern determined by the victim’s Zodiac sign. The three-season series is written and conceptualized by Egyptian screenwriter Mohamed Al-Motasem alongside his team, Menna Ekram, Mohamed Hisham Abiya, Omar Khaled, and Rawiah Abdulla.

Wesam Kattan, Vice President Content, Viu MENA, said: “We aim to deliver compelling local entertainment with world-class production quality. Adapting a novel series by the late Dr Ahmed Khalid Tawfiq with Zodiac gives us the opportunity to invest in the local creative ecosystem with a story that matters and resonates locally while putting it on a global stage.”

Speaking about the announcement, Mohamed Hefzy founder of Film Clinic said: “As one of the leading production companies in the region we strive to create unique features and with this cooperation with Viu, we are confident that we have cracked the right success formula of creativity and quality. Audiences are in for a real treat and we look forward to working with the brilliant creative team assembled to bring this intriguing story to life.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Hisham Abdel Khaliq from “El-Masa Media Production”, a media and production companies with a cinema portfolio of leading Egyptian films, said: “Egypt has a rich film and entertainment history and is teaming with local talent looking for opportunities to express themselves creatively. Viu’s vision to offer the creative freedom to deliver unconventional narratives without the restrictions of traditional formats that often accompany TV and films makes this collaboration unparalleled. We are excited to be a part of this maturing digital ecosystem with Viu.”

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