Fox International Channels is partnering with Keshet International on the U.S. adaptation of Homeland producer Keshet’s newest Israeli scripted drama series Shkufim (False Flag). Parkland director Peter Landesman will make his TV writing debut and pen the adaptation. The original series, which airs on Keshet channel 2 in Israel, is inspired by the 2010 assassination in Dubai, where a Palestinian radical was killed in his hotel room. The hotel pieces together surveillance footage and passport photographs to implicate 26 international hotel guests and release them to global news outlets. Landesman’s version, which FIC is developing in house, centers on eight apparently ordinary U.S. citizens who wake up to find their faces and private lives broadcast across the Internet and television news around the world as suspects in a brazen and dangerous international crime. What seems at first like a horrible case of mistaken identity unspools into a psycho-espionage thriller. Amit Cohen-Raab and Maria Feldman created the Israeli series, which is produced by Tender productions. Cohen-Raab, who wrote the series, will co-write the U.S. pilot story with Landesman.
“Our partnership with Keshet and Peter Landesman, who both have strong track records for telling compelling stories, is an exciting addition to our original development slate,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, EVP Original Development and Scripted Programming at FIC. “Peter with his background in investigative journalism understands the complexity of the story and has come up with a version that will connect deeply with audiences both in the U.S. and globally.”
FIC will use the same global day-and-date strategy with Shkufim it uses on its The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons and The Bridge. Most recently it announced it was developing Outcast, a drama series with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer David Alpert.
Shkufimis the latest series from Keshet International being developed elsewhere. That includes Homeland, the Showtime drama based off Keshet’s Prisoners Of War. Among the company’s shows in development in the U.S. are M.I.C.E., a drama from Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 based on Keshet’s series Gordin Cell, and Tyrant, a drama from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright.
Landesman, who also penned the upcoming Focus Features pic Kill The Messenger starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Michael Cuesta, is repped by WME, which also reps Keshet.