The series “News of a kidnapping”, based on the homonymous book by Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and which narrates the ordeal of a group of people kidnapped in Colombia by the drug trafficker organization Pablo Escobar, premieres this Friday on the streaming platform live Prime Video.
The trailer for the series, released in July by Amazon’s “streaming” service, provides a glimpse of the drama surrounding the kidnapping of 10 public figures in the context of the Colombian government’s decision to extradite drug lords to the United States, and the efforts of the families of the victims to achieve the release of the captives. “One of the most shocking books by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez comes to Prime Video. Based on a true story about the kidnapping of a group of prominent Colombian figures in the 1990s,” Amazon said when announcing the trailer .
The 6-episode production, which will be available on the platform starting August 12 in 240 countries, including the United States, is directed by Chilean Andrés Wood, who also participates in the executive production. The production team also includes Rodrigo García, son of García Márquez (1927-2014), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rodrigo García said that the idea of making a film based on the book arose when his father was still alive, who agreed.
However, the project did not prosper, partly due to the difficulty of obtaining a script that covered all the necessary aspects. “Two years ago, the rise of platforms and the opportunity to do this type of thing in the hours that were necessary, in the place where it should be done and with actors from that same place, offered us an opportunity that my mother (Mercedes Barcha), my brother (Gonzalo) and I liked it a lot,” García told the newspaper.
García also found it interesting to develop something that, unlike many other series, would not appeal to the morbid fascination with the drug lord, but instead would give a voice to the victims of the phenomenon. The series features performances by Colombians Juan Pablo Raba, Cristina Umaña, Julieth Restrepo, Constanza Duque, Majida Issa and Brandon Figueredo, among others.