He is an American writer and his novels are distributed worldwide in 75 million copies. Harlan Cobain He’s taken the print world by storm with his legendary criminal brand, including the Myron Bolitar series.

Thanks to the unique deal, it is now making great strides towards new heights in broadcasting Netflix. The contract, first signed in 2018, is a five-year multi-million dollar deal that will turn 14 Cobain books into series or films for the internet platform while overseeing projects of various categories.


In addition to its massive reach, the company is also unique in that it aims to be dynamic internationally since day one, as English-language novels are adapted to different foreign languages ​​in many Netflix production centers across Europe. So far, changes have taken place in Poland (The(Spain)Innocent(April 30 issue) and France (release)It is gone forever, Will be released later this year), along with English-language projects, including unknown next one Stay close.

Sometimes Cobain cuts the adjustments himself, and sometimes he takes over, especially when the language changes and behaves like an EP. But as he demonstrates below, he’s always getting creative with the material. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Cobain recently adapted his novel YA Protection On Amazon Prime Video and other business projects at Apple and MGM International.

border He sat with a prolific writer and creator to discuss signing a deal with Netflix, why he would like his work to adapt to the world’s languages ​​and what he’s doing.

Limit: You are on tour with your TV series.Moreover, I am still writing new novels. Where does your energy come from?

Harlan Cobain: It is love of storytelling. I love doing it, that’s just what I’m good at. I have no other life. She asked me once, “If you weren’t a writer, who would you be?” A friend of mine told “an American Senator”. I said, “Oh, please, I’ll be the duvet cover.” I don’t have anything else

Limit: How did you start your Netflix business?

Two glasses: He did two TV shows in France for TF1 which was a huge hit and hit Netflix’s radar. We are doing it Safety together [Coben and his producers at Red Production Company] Besides the international subsidiary of Netflix, they wanted to put on a show in France to show in the UK, and then they got the idea. [for the overall deal]. You want to do a lot of international things and my books sell well abroad. I sell more internationally than I sell in the United States. I thought this was a great opportunity to do a show on Netflix in Spain, Netflix in France, Netflix in the UK, and Netflix in the US. It was attractive to me.

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The idea was to have an interesting talent that you wouldn’t normally have in TV series. Innocent Director Oriol Paulo is an accomplished filmmaker of SPAN. [Lead actor] Mario Casas is probably a big star because he’s in Spain. I joined Netflix and it was a great collaboration. I really enjoy working with them, which is unusual for a network or streaming device. I hate that term, but we had a shared vision of what we wanted to do. They won’t put any pressure on me in the second, third, fourth, or fifth season. I can do six, eight, or ten laps. All you need for the story to succeed.

It’s very exciting for me and the talents to one day participate in this show across all eight episodes in 190 countries. More than 200 million subscribers, how many are there? All of them at one time. It’s an amazing place.

When you have the opportunity to work with Netflix, with a lot of different people, in many different countries and in many different cultures, you can be in bad business if you don’t mind.

Limit: Are you ready to start the series? How can you control it?

Two glasses: the master [The Innocent] Already on my Netflix. My wife and I watched eight episodes to see what the dubbing was like. I’ll wake up the next day, overwhelmed by the comments that aren’t in the book. I think in two or three days, millions of people will see all eight.

Limit: It’s interesting to say “I think” because Netflix doesn’t give you any numbers, but can you still measure the answer?

Two glasses: You can definitely feel it. They give me some numbers, but I swear I’ll keep them a secret. unknown, For example, it burst a little slowly and still echoes it. My partners in England felt they were starting to feel this desire. How many calls are answered and how much noise is there. Most of the time I try to keep my head down.

Limit: The Netflix original deal was a huge commitment. What made you sure you signed it?

Two glasses: I have seen what they are SafetyI still work with many of the same people. If you tried to make a TV series 20 years ago and didn’t, the episodes should be 40 minutes long, starting with Crime and ending with Crime, and 22 episodes don’t match what I have. I will do it now. This is exactly what Netflix does. My next show is in France [Gone For Good] Five loops Innocent Eight, some episodes are 40 minutes long and some are 50 minutes. For my genre, storytelling works well for broadcast.

I don’t want to sound like much here, but they also do really cool things with their marketing. They have changed the poster you see on the platform to attract new people to view it. I’m the type who wants people to watch my shows. It seems obvious, but many writers pretend they don’t care, I don’t care. Netflix has a huge global platform, which is great.

Limit: Do you have an absolute mandate for the novels cited?

Two glasses: Yes and no. You never attacked me. On InnocentI got to know a lot of teams, Brazil, Germany, etc. The captain of the Spanish team said he really believes Innocent It would be perfect for you and Paolo Oriol. I met Oriol in New York and pressed, we’re like brothers from day one. Then we took the next step. It’s not like I say, “I want to do X in Germany.” It is cooperation.

I was in the UK to attend the movie premiere. unknown, Then you went to Barcelona to see your movie Innocent. Then she went to Paris to meet with the band. How fun is it?

Limit: Have you always been interested in working internationally?

Two glasses: Before becoming a writer, I was involved in international travel. It was a family business and my job was to travel to different countries and help organize trips. I’ve always had a great passion for travel.

We live in the golden age of television. Five years ago, an American had never seen a program in a foreign language. They just won’t. There’s a lot of talent on the international stage right now, and the best things are done in bags that haven’t yet reached saturation in America. Americans are from Central America, but we are learning.

Offers are mixed. You can still feel American like me, but you can also feel Spanish [with The Innocent].

Limit: T.Spanish-language content is very popular here, especially since there are many Spanish speakers outside of Spain. There is also a large Polish community, but not much experience. The?

Two glasses: Was great. I can’t get involved with people who speak a foreign language, I rely a lot on the band there. I really thought they did a great job. Next time I would have forced her to be a little more American, maybe faster, but I think she was moody, moody and really interesting. He loved the cast, directed and performed both periods. I haven’t been disappointed in the settings yet.

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I work with some more than others. I take an active part in all of them, especially in the beginning. Because [The Innocent]Uriol and I talked about it from the start. I took a lot of notes on the lyrics. They email me quickly every day, but I had no comments. I participated in editing again.

Limit: Is the goal still 14 revisions over five years?

Two glasses: I do not know. Innocent It will be released on April 30th, followed by a day. It is gone forever Then in France Stay close in the UK. So I am not sure. We are looking forward to more series in different countries, and we are currently working on three more series that I cannot talk about. One of them is in a new area. It can be more creative ideas and fewer novels. [Safe was based on an original idea by Coben]. I’m going to talk to Netflix about it and we’ll decide together.

Limit: Or they call you three months before the contract ends and say, “You still owe us six corrections.”

Two glasses: She was so funny [laughs].

Limit: He recently signed a deal with Amazon for a simple listing. ProtectionYou also have projects from Apple and MGM International. How does the Netflix deal work?

Two glasses: The Netflix deal does not cover the Myron Bolitar series or the spin-offs YA Mickey Bolitar. Amazon turns teenage books into a series. Finally, I’ll tell you which washer is best to work with [laughs].

Limit: Are you writing more novels now?

Two glasses: Gets It came out last month. With respect to the following – v unknownThe “stranger” turns around, I’ve never thought about what will happen to him when it’s over. Now I set this continuity The boy from the jungle Something strange has just appeared. This may be a continuation of both books, which was not my intention. We’ll see how it all works.

Limit: Any ideas for a vacation?

Two glasses: I can’t handle the breaks. Life is about balance. I always love to write in the morning, I am unbalanced when I am not writing or thinking of writing or creating. I don’t think it’s over any time soon, but the guy conspires, and God is laughing.

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