Refresh for latest… Following the international success of Les Revenants (The Returned) and the recent announcement of jewel heist series The Last Panthers, Haut et Court TV is moving forward with a new international TV drama. Along with July-August Productions and Tandem, France’s Haut et Court is developing 10-part English-language ecological and psychological thriller, Rubber Ducks. Tandem is handling worldwide distribution. Based on an actual experiment undertaken by NASA, Rubber Ducks explores ideas of ecological change not only on the environment but also on human behavior. In 2008, NASA embarked on a low-tech experiment, dropping 90 rubber duck toys through holes in a Greenland glacier, in an effort to track how the Arctic icecap is melting. Hoping the rubber ducks would find their way into channels beneath the hard-packed surface, scientists planned to follow the flow of melting water into the ocean. Lost without a trace, the ducks pop up 10 years later in unlikely isolated communities where the inhabitants are directly affected, in unexpected ways. Novelist and screenwriter Yael Hedaya (In Treatment) is scripting. Producers are Haut et Court’s Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal and July-August’s Eilon Ratzkovsky, Lisa and Yossi Uzrad and Guy Jacuel.
Germany’s Beta Film is partnering with Sky Italia and Italian production outfit Wildside on what it’s billing as a mega-event production. A 10-part thriller, 1992 is set in the midst of the political turmoil which led to the collapse of Italy’s First Republic and the operation “Mani Pulite” (clean hands). While police and prosecutors dig deep into a web of illegal money transfers and organized crime, the power vacuum paves the way for new players, who all seem mysteriously linked to one another. Based on an idea from Italian actor Stefano Accorsi (The Last Kiss), the series directors are Giuseppe Gagliardi and Gianluca Jodice. Writers are Stefano Sardo (the Italian version of In Treatment), Ludovica Rampoldi (In Treatment, Gomorrah) and Alessandro Fabbri (In Treatment). Accorsi stars with Guido Caprino (War Story, In Treatment), Domenico Diele (All Cops Are Bastards), Tea Falco (Io E Te), Alessandro Roja (Romanzo Criminale) and Miriam Leone. The series will air on Sky Atlantic HD in Italy next year.
Israel’s Studio Glam has sold its new game show format, 300 Sec. Ride to Endemol Spain. This follows Studio Glam’s success at Mip-TV where it closed a multi-territory deal with Endemol for The Extra Mile. In 300 Sec. Ride (see trailer below) 300 seconds are allocated to a pair of participants who must answer eight questions in order to win 1M (shekels, in the case of the original format). The contestants are sat at a podium that moves across the studio while time counts down, adding an extra challenge to the proceedings. The format is being launched here at Mipcom and was created by Ami Glam, Oded kremer and Itai Hermann.
Tell No One writer Harlan Coben is set as showrunner on No Second Chance, a French-language suspense actioner for France’s TF1. The six-part series is part of a growing list of high-profile local-lingo dramas coming out of Europe. Coben’s book of the same title is the source material. It follows a wife and mother who wakes from a coma to find her husband has been killed and their daughter kidnapped. Alexandra Lamy will play the lead who turns to a former lover who’s now a policeman to help her find her child. François Velle is directing with Pascal Elbe, Lionel Abelanski, Lionnel Astier and Hippolyte Girardot also starring.
Here’s the 30 Sec. Ride trailer: