Digital streaming service Netflix has announced its first India-set series, based on Vikram Chandra's critically-acclaimed novel Sacred Games.
The Hindi-English series will be produced by Netflix in partnership with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's Phantom Films.
Set in Mumbai, Sacred Games delves into the city's intricate web of organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India's economic renaissance.
"Over the last few years, I've watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows. I'm confident that all the colour and vitality and music of the fictional world I've lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix. I'm thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films," Chandra said in a statement.
"We are very happy to start this journey with Netflix by producing Vikram's outstanding story, set in Mumbai," said Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films. "And we are extremely confident that, together we will create some exciting and ground-breaking Television content from hereon."
"We are delighted to partner with creative powerhouse, Phantom Films, to bring Vikram Chandra's epic novel to life with the best Indian and global film talent available today," said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix. "Sacred Games reinforces our commitment to bring the authenticity of local stories to Netflix members across 190 countries worldwide."