MBC Group’s O3 Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabi have formed a strategic partnership for film and television production. The first project under the new alliance is the adaptation of author Ibraheem Abbas’ best-selling sci-fi novel HWJN. The plan is to make an Arabic-language feature film, to be co-produced and co-financed by both companies, and to follow it up with a TV spinoff titled The Delusionists. The novel is a pop culture phenomenon in Saudi Arabia and across the Arab World, having topped bestseller lists with over 140,000 legal copies. The book has also been illegally downloaded over 1M times. The story follows HWJN, a friendly and devout Jinn, and his friendship with a human female Saudi medical student called Sawsan. As their connection deepens, breaking the barriers and dimensions between the human and Jinn worlds, the scene is set for an epic showdown with the evil Jinn ruler Sanam. The TV series will also have a unique take on modern Saudi and Arab society, continuing the story of HWJN as he teams up with Eyad to track down and expose the charlatans and fake peddlers of black magic and sorcery in modern day Saudi Arabia which has reached epidemic levels. There are two other TV series to be announced under the O3/Image Nation pact.
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