Baahubali is coming back but this time on Netflix. Netflix has announced a prequel series to the popular franchise that will partly be an adaptation of The Rise of Sivagami, a prequel novel to the 2015 film Baahubali: The Beginning. The show will be called ‘Baahubali: Before the Beginning’ and has already been given a two-season order. The new series be produced in partnership with film director S.S. Rajamouli and the original production house Arka Media Works.
Baahubali: Before the Beginning will have nine episodes in the first season, which is based on the aforementioned 2017 book by writer Anand Neelakantan. The Rise of Sivagami is the first of a proposed novel trilogy called Baahubali – Before the Beginning.
Here’s the official description from Netflix:
This (prequel) series captures Queen Sivagami’s journey from a rebellious and vengeful girl to a wise and unequalled queen. Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati – from being a city-state to an empire. This is the rich backdrop and drama where the Baahubali franchise is set. The series promises to build on the incredible narrative style of the franchise – including its high production values, spectacular visuals and connective-epic story-telling.
“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally,” Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP for international originals said. “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.”
Watch trailer here