NBC Developing Comedy Series Version Of British Film 'The Infidel' Starring Omid Djalili

NBC will tackle the thorny issue of Muslim-Jewish relations in a sitcom. The network has put in development a comedy series based on the 2010 British comedy feature The Infidel, with British-Iranian actor-comedian Omid Djalili, who starred in the movie, attached to reprise his role. Mark O’Keefe (Bruce Almighty, The O’Keefes) will write the adaptation, which is being produced by Avalon Television and the company behind the film, Slingshot Prods. The Infidel centers on a devoutly Muslim family man (Djalili) who is shocked to discover upon the death of his mother that he was adopted, and was actually born a Jew. Trying to make the best of his new identity, he places himself in the hands of a cab driving mentor, played in the movie by The West Wing alum Richard Schiff. Also co-starring in the cross-cultural feature comedy was The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi (trailer below). Djalili and O’Keefe will executive produce the series version with the film’s writer-producer David Baddiel, producer Arvind Ethan David and Avalon’s Jon Thoday. (O’Keefe, Avalon and Baddiel are with UTA.) In the U.S., the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Showtime. It is unclear if that happened under Bob Greenblatt, who now bought the TV series project as head of NBC. (more…)

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