HBO has given a 10-episode series order to a drama about the tragic events involving the disappearance of three teens that unfolded in Israel two years ago.
Created by The Affair and In Treatment co-creator Hagai Levi and Noah Stollman, the untitled series, a co-production between HBO and Keshet International’s Keshet Studios, will be filmed on location in Israel next summer and will primarily be directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar (Beaufort, Footnote).
It will be executive produced by former HBO president Michael Lombardo in his first series gig since he stepped down from his executive post to segue to producing. It marks a reunion for him with Levi after Lombardo gave the writer-producer his Hollywood break with In Treatment, an adaptation of an Israeli series Levi had co-created.
Based on actual events, the untitled series dramatizes the tragic torrent of violence that followed the disappearance of, and intensive search for, three Israeli teens during the summer of 2014. The show follows an idealistic investigator for the Shin Bet (the Israeli equivalent of the FBI) as he deals with the ramifications of violent reactions on both sides of the escalating conflict. A new command position thrusts him into a confrontation that undermines his faith and worldview, leading to a dramatic conflict between his values and the actions of those closest to him.
“We’re excited to work with Keshet and this extremely talented and creative group led by Hagai Levi,” said Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming.
Added Levi, “HBO has always been a home to me. I’m so thrilled to work with them again, and regroup with my good friends from Keshet.”
A co-production between HBO and Keshet International’s Los Angeles-based Keshet Studios, the series is executive produced by Levi, Avi Nir (Keshet Media Group), Alon Shtruzman (Keshet International), Karni Ziv (Keshet Broadcasting), Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Studios), Stollman, Lombardo and Cedar. The show will be produced by Movie Plus and distributed internationally by KI.
American networks have been long been trying to film TV series in Israel but have found that challenging. USA’s Dig and FX’s Tyrant recently shot there but had to relocate amid violence in the Gaza strip.