'Homeland's' Keshet International Pacts With Fox on U.S. Adaptation of Israeli Drama

1:37 PM PST 10/01/2013 by Etan Vlessing
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FOX International Channels has hired Peter Landesman to write an American version of the psychological thriller "Shkufim" (False Flag).

CANNES -- Fox International Channels has pacted with Homeland’s Keshet International on the U.S. adaptation of the Israeli scripted drama series Shkufim (False Flag).

Writer and feature director Peter Landesman (Parkland) has entered the TV arena to write the American version.

Shkufim, created by Amit Cohen-Raab and Maria Feldman, is loosely based on a 2010 assassination in Dubai where a Palestinian radical was killed in his hotel room.

Hotel surveillance footage and passport photographs were used to implicate 26 international hotel guests.

The Israeli series was produced by Tender Productions for Keshet channel 2 in Israel.

Landesman’s version for FIC will tell the story of eight apparently ordinary American citizens who wake up to find their faces and private lives broadcast across the Internet and TV news as suspects in a brazen international crime.

The adaptation also continues FIC’s quest to develop character-driven dramas for the U.S. market that could become global tentpole franchises in the wake of The Walking Dead, DaVinci’s Demons and The Bridge.

"The pedigree and passion of FIC and Keshet make them the perfect creative partners. The espionage thriller is a genre we all know, love and are excited to take to a level we hope audiences will not have experienced before," said Landesman in a statement Tuesday.

Both Keshet and Landesman are represented at WME.

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