Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” is being shot for Netflix by Obama

Production companies Barack and Michelle Obama have announced six new projects in development for Netflix Inc, including a supernatural love story and a thriller for young adults.

The former president and first lady of Higher Ground Productions will adapt the novel by British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid Exit West into a film, according to a statement from Netflix. The book tells the story of a young couple who finds a magic door to transport them to another place and ends up in the middle of a global refugee crisis. Pakistani-British actor Reese Ahmed will participate in an upcoming project, according to the New York Times.

Other film projects include the science fiction film Satellite, which was co-produced by T Street, a production company owned by Star Wars director Ryan Johnson and producer Ram Bergman. Another is Tenzing, the story of a Nepalese-Indian man who first reached the top of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand.

The Young Wife is a feature film that follows a woman on her wedding day who feels out of sync with the approaching storm.

The company also developed two TV series. Firekeeper’s Daughter is a thriller based on a young adult novel by Angelin Bully about an 18-year-old Ojibwe tribe member who is reluctantly covered up during a police investigation into their reservation.

Another series is a documentary about a national park.

Netflix said the project would start in the next few years, but did not provide an exact release date.

Obama signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix in 2018. Previous Netflix projects include American Factory, which won an Oscar for best documentary in 2020.

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