Netflix announces ‘Baahubali: Before the Beginning’

Netflix has given a two-season order for now, but it may get extended if the series is a success.

New Delhi: There’s good news for Baahubali fans, as Netflix has announced a prequel series to the popular Baahubali franchise that will partly be an adaptation of The Rise of Sivagami, a prequel novel to the 2015 film Baahubali: The Beginning.

The extravagant two-film franchise had a massive fan following, and broke several box-office records in India.

The show will be called Baahubali: Before the Beginning and has already been given a two-season order. It’ll be produced in partnership with film director SS Rajamouli and the original production house Arka Media Works.

Baahubali: Before the Beginning will begin with nine episodes in the first season, based on the 2017 book by writer Anand Neelakantan. The Rise of Sivagami is the first of a proposed novel trilogy called Baahubali – Before the Beginning.

Deva Katta (Prassthanam) and Praveen Sataru (Guntur Talkies) will co-direct the series. Netflix has given a two-season order for now, but it may get extended if the series is a success.

Baahubali: Before the Beginning will be the second television venture – after Amazon’s animated series Baahubali: The Lost Legends last year – for the franchise, which got its start in 2015 with Baahubali: The Beginning. A sequel, Baahubali: The Conclusion followed in 2017. Together, both the films have garnered over Rs 24 billion in global ticket sales.

“From before Amarendra Baahubali’s reign as king, comes a tale of power, politics and intrigue of Queen Sivagami’s rise from a vengeful girl to a wise and unequalled queen. Witness the legacy of Mahishmati as it grows into a mighty empire no one dares to oppose,” reads the description on Netflix’s YouTube.

“The World of Baahubali is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms. The films Baahubali -The Beginning and The Conclusion, are from one story set in this world and more dramatic stories were broadly conceived while building the Universe. The Baahubali Series, a prequel to the films, is one such story. I am very excited that this is being adapted as a Netflix Original Series. With Netflix as our partner, we have the opportunity to create a rich and riveting series and take this quintessential Indian epic to the world, which is very gratifying to me as a story-teller,” Rajamouli said in a statement.

“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally,” Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP for international originals, was quoted as saying by NDTV. “We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global Baahubali fandom.”

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