A&E Network has put in development an adaptation of the Dutch television series Holland’s Hoop, about a family in the illegal pot growing business. The project comes from Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Jim Burke, Miguel Arteta, Scripted World and Endemol Shine Studios.
Written by Taylor, the untitled drama centers on a burnt-out forensic psychiatrist who, on the day his estranged father dies, learns that his wife is cheating on him and his teenage son is a delinquent. In a desperate attempt to keep his family together, he drags them to his father’s rural farm for the funeral. He quickly discovers that the farm is at the center of a vast criminal enterprise and that his family’s salvation may depend on his ability to continue his father’s legacy. (Holland’s Hope is the name of one of the first cannabis varieties designed for tough outdoor conditions.)
Arteta is set to direct the project, a co-production between Endemol Shine Studios and A+E Studios.
Payne, Taylor and Burke executive produce through their Ad Hominem Enterprises. Also executive producing are Alon Aranya & Rob Golenberg of Scripted World.
Scripted World, which specializes in foreign formats, is behind two Dutch format adaptations that went to series, Red Widow, which was produced by Endemol, and Betrayal, both at ABC. Additionally, the company previously developed a U.S. version of the Dutch series Sea of Fire at ABC.
Created by Franky Ribbens and Dana Nechushtan, Holland’s Hoop debuted in 2014 on VARA. Watch an international trailer below with English subtitles. The series is exec produced by Robert Kievit, Marina Blok, Joost de Wolf, Leontine Petit and Joost de Vries.
Payne and Taylor won an Oscar in 2005 for writing Sideways. The two and Burke received a best film Oscar nomination in 2012 for The Descendants.