A half-hour adaptation of the hourlong Austrian series Braunschlag has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty. The untitled single-camera project, from Sony TV and Tariq Jalil’s Intrigue, is written/executive produced by The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan and executive produced by Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs), who will direct the potential pilot if available.
In the ABC version, a young small-town mayor named Emma Wolf has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her. So … she fakes one.
The Austrian series created by David Schalko had a male lead. An adaptation that kept the mayor’s original gender was set up by Intrigue at Fox and 20th TV last year with Rob Riggle attached to star. The project, written by Steve Hely, received a put pilot commitment but did not go to a production stage. When it was released, Intrigue took the format to Sony TV where it was developed by studio-based Gallivan and Gordon for this season.
A male-female gender switch has been popular for remakes this year, with a Fantasy Island project at ABC and The Island Of Dr. Moreau at CBS both seeing their leading men become women, and 20th Century Fox TV is developing an A-Team remake with a team that will feature female members. Additionally, Fox tried to remake the UK series Luther with a female lead earlier this year.
Gallivan, Gordon and Jalil executive produce the mayor project with ORF-Enterprises GmbH & Co, which controls the Austrian series.
Braunschlag had an eight-episode run on the ORF Network in 2012. The hourlong show generated the best primetime ratings in the network’s 20-year history and received the Romy Awards Jury Prize in 2012. Here is a trailer (in German):
Jalil is currently executive producing the NBC series Game Of Silence and producing the feature Intrusion for MGM.