Denmark and Sweden already have established a foothold in the U.S. TV drama market with such format adaptations as The Killing and The Bridge. Now another Nordic country is looking to join them. CBS has put in development legal thriller drama Black Widows, an adaptation of the Finnish series Mustat Lesket. The project hails from former Smash and Gossip Girl showrunner Josh Safran, former HBO Entertainment president-turned-producer Sue Naegle, and CBS TV Studios.
Written by Safran based on the DRG/Moskito Television format, Black Widows is about two women who kill their abusive spouses and try to get away with it as the FBI, their close-knit community and even their own guilt conspire to take them down. Safran executive produces alongside Naegle via her Naegle Ink banner.
The 12-episode original series, created by Roope Lehtinen and Mikko Pöllä, revolved around three widows. It premiered on the Finnish commercial TV channel Nelonen (4) in March. Watch its cinematic opening sequence above.
Moskito Television was repped in the deal by UTA. Safran is repped by UTA and Ziffren. Naegle, who executive produces Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax pilot Outcast, is repped by Ken Richman.