EXCLUSIVE: Endemol Studios has closed a deal to develop and produce an English-language adaptation of the hit French crime thriller series Engrenages. The original series follows a murder investigation and reveals the cooperation, conflict, transgression and corruption within the French legal system from the perspective of the lead characters: a police captain and her two lieutenants, a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense lawyer. (trailer with English subtitles below) “Engrenages offers a hyper-realistic take on the French judicial system”, said Endemol Studios CEO Philippe Maigret. “The show’s masterfully complex storylines and layered characters give us the right blueprint to further explore society’s ever-changing codes of justice and develop a distinctive, un-apologetic, gripping television drama set against the backdrop of today’s U.S. legal system.” Engrenages premiered on French pay-TV net Canal+ in December 2005. The fifth season is set to air in 2014, with work on Season 6 already underway. The show, a Son et Lumière production in association with Canal+ for U.S. television that is produced by Vassili Clert and Daniel Dubois, has sold in more than 60 territories including in the UK where the series airs on BBC4 under the title Spiral. In North America, Engrenages‘ first three seasons are available on Netflix. Endemol Studios is Endemol North America’s LA-based scripted studio operation that has produced AMC’s Hell On Wheels and Low Winter Sun and ABC’s Red Widow.
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