EXCLUSIVE: Sea Of Fire is back in development at ABC. The network has closed a deal to take another stab at adapting the Dutch drama series with Sony Pictures TV and Scripted World, which first teamed last season. Joining them this year is ABC Studios-based Mandeville and writer-producer Jenna Bans, who replaces the project’s writer last year, Steve Maeda. Sea Of Fire is set in a small town. When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface. The original series, Vuurzee, was set in a fictional resort town and centered on the disappearance of a young woman during a birthday party celebration. (Watch opening credits below.) The series, which drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, was produced by and aired on pubcaster VARA and ran for two seasons that aired four years apart, in 2005 and in 2009.
Sea Of Fire is executive produced by Bans, Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya, Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks as well as VARA’s Robert Kievit and Frank Ketelaar. Scripted World is behind two other Dutch format adaptations that went to series at ABC, Red Widow and Betrayal. Additionally, Aranya co-executive produces the CBS/Jerry Bruckheimer drama series Hostages. Bans, repped by UTA and Jared Levine, serves as co-executive producer on ABC/Shonda Rhimes’ drama Scandal following stints on two other Rhimes series for the network, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. She also created the Rhimes-produced ABC drama Off The Map.