Rejoice Salahadin fans – Netflix is going to discuss the possibility of streaming this show on the website.
Two filmmakers, Ahmad Hussam and Nick Armero, posted the trailer of their show Salahadin nearly two weeks ago, in hopes of getting it picked up by Netflix.
The series is based on the life of a Muslim leader and warrior Salahadin Ayubi, who won back Jerusalem from the Crusaders during the 12th century.
After days of campaigning using the hashtag #NETFLIXListen, the video finally grabbed the attention of the streaming site.
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Hussam, who also stars in the series, revealed the inspiration behind his project in an interview with BuzzFeed, saying he was tired of auditioning for characters that are villains or terrorists.
“It was at that moment that I realized that we need to get into storytelling. That way we could ensure that there would be roles for brown Muslims like me to act as something other than a violent criminal,” Hussam said, adding, “We want Netflix to hear this idea so they can produce the show with us. We want to make this a Netflix original.”
Hussam and Armero also made a separate video, showing them sneaking into the Netflix headquarters to pitch the series and in what could count as a good omen, the clip was re-shared by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
The show has raised more than $80,000 on Kickstarter – which is the amount the creators need to produce the pilot episode. However, the show’s creators told BuzzFeed their ultimate goal is to score a meeting with Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
Judging by the fact that #NETFLIXListen has made it to one of Netflix’s board meetings this week, things are definitely looking good for the Salahadin team.