The good news is that Salman Rushdie's novel sounds perfect for TV. Combining ever popular historical fiction with magic – that perennially seductive storytelling device – Midnight's Children follows the life of Salem Sinai, a boy born on the stroke of midnight in 1947.
Salem becomes the embodiment of India's prosperity: the young boy's wellbeing, health and happiness are tied inextricably to the state of the nation, his life reflecting and directing the history of the country and his telepathic powers connecting him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' – Indian children born at the same moment and in possession of powers.
'Midnight’s Children is one of the great novels of the world, and its themes are still relevant to the India of today', Erik Barmack, VP of International Originals for Netflix, said.
The film adaptation of Midnight's Children was something of a flop, and the BBC wound up cancelling their miniseries in the 90s. But this 2018, and TV has never been a more exciting place. Fingers crossed we'll have another literary adaptation to blow Patrick Melrose out of the water.
|Midnight's Children adapted for Netflix
28 Mar 19 – 31 Dec 19, 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM