In today’s Global Bulletin, Netflix commissions Telugu-language anthology “Pitta Kathalu” in India and graphic novel adaptation “Heartstopper” in the U.K.; WarnerMedia announces HBO Max Latin America leadership roles ahead of the platform’s rollout in the territory; ITV Studios opens its Factual Pitch program; NewImages Festival strengthens its XR alliances in Taiwan; and Filmzie launches its TV series programming.
After 2020 Tamil-language anthology “Paava Kadhaigal,” Netflix India has teamed again with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Ashi Dua’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment for Telugu-language anthology “Pitta Kathalu” (Short Stories).
Tharun Bhascker (“Pelli Choopulu”), B.V. Nandini Reddy (“Oh Baby”), Nag Ashwin (“Mahanati”) and Sankalp Reddy (“Antariksham 9000 kmph”) direct the four-part anthology film, which features stories about bold women.
The cast includes Lakshmi Manchu, Amala Paul, Shruti Haasan and Eesha Rebba as the leads and the film also stars Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saanve Megghana and Sanjith Hegde. – Naman Ramachandran
Netflix has commissioned See-Saw Films to produce new YA drama “Heartstopper,” based on Alice Oseman’s popular graphic novel series and directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Euros Lyn (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”).
Oseman penned all eight episodes of the series, which will be executive produced by Lyn along with See-Saw’s Patrick Walters, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.
“Heartstopper” began life as a web comic, shared across platforms like Tumblr and Tapas, where it grew an outstanding following. Oseman has since published three book volumes of the series which follows Charlie and Nick, two friends at an all-boys school in Kent. Friendship turns into attraction, and the couple looks to their close-knit group of friends for support as they come out in their own unique way.