Viu has revealed the details of its upcoming Viu Original titled Zodiac. It is a crime thriller series based on the novel Hazak El Youm by the late renowned Egyptian author, Dr Ahmed Khalid Tawfiq, a pioneer of Arabic science fiction. 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 received with much excitement by millennials and Gen-Z 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 conceptualised by the Egyptian screenwriter Mohamed Al-Motasem alongside his team, Menna Ekram, Mohamed Hisham Abiya, Omar Khaled, and Rawiah Abdulla, directed by Mahmoud Kamel and produced by Film Clinic in collaboration with El-Masa Media Production. It combines the genres of drama and supernatural mystery to keep viewers hooked.
Speaking about the new thriller, 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.”
Mohamed Hefzy from Film Clinic added: “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.”
Hisham Abdel Khaliq of El-Masa Media Production, commented: “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 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.”