Helion Pictures Takes U.S. Remake Rights to French TV Series 'Mafiosa'
Steven Bawol’s company will create an English-language version of the show that has had a successful four-season run on Canal Plus.
PARIS - Steven Bawol’s Helion Pictures has bought the U.S. remake rights to the French-made crime drama Mafiosa about the Corsican mafia from Image et Compagnie.
Mafiosa’s four seasons have aired on Gallic pay TV channel Canal Plus.
Mafiosa stars Helene Fillieres and Thierry Neuvic in the drama about the inner workings of a Corsican mob family after its patriarch dies and his young niece takes over as heir to the family business.
Helion also snagged the rights to another of Canal Plus’ crime drama’s Pigalle La Nuit in March. Dexter’s James Manos Jr., who won an Emmy for his work on The Sopranos, is writing a pilot for a U.S. series and will exec produce if the series is picked up by a U.S. network.
Image et Compagnie was founded in 1985 by Serge Moati and produces fiction, documentary and magazines for several major TV networks in France.