Israeli TV formats are already white-hot as source material for American series. Now Israeli books are looking to follow in their footsteps. In one of its first major moves in television since officially re-entering the space in June with the hire of Andrew Plotkin as EVP Television, New Regency Prods. has optioned the rights to awarded Israeli author Yoram Kanuik‘s novel Kesem Al Yam Kineret to develop a TV series based on it.
Considered Kanuik’s most extreme work, Kesem Al Yam Kineret was published in 1994 and is described by critics as “the closest to Tarantino an Israeli creation has ever gotten.” The novel details the story of a young woman who wakes up one morning and sets out on a journey of ruthless adventure, intent upon living life according to her own terms. New Regency plans to adapt the book’s dark storytelling into a single-camera, half-hour satirical black comedy. “The opportunity to develop shows from IP that provide this type of unique spin and distinct voice is exactly why we are in business with ADD,” said Plotkin. “With the recent success in the industry of adapting Israeli content for American audiences, most notably Showtime’s Homeland, we are looking forward to adapting Kanuik’s unique vision for American television.”
New Regency and ADD signed a deal in February 2012 to export Israeli content to the U.S.; this is the first project out of their collaboration. Hadas Mozes, ADD’s international business development manager, represents Kanuik and negotiated this deal on his behalf.