12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'In Treatment' Creator Returns to HBO With Drama Based on Israeli Kidnappings
HBO is teaming with the creator of In Treatment for a drama based on the famed Israeli kidnappings that captivated the world in 2014.
The untitled series, which has earned a 10-episode commitment, hails from Hagai Levi and Noah Stollman, with Joseph Cedar on board to direct. The drama will be filmed in Israel with production starting next summer.
From Keshet International, the series is based on real events. Here's HBO's description: "The 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."
The HBO and Keshet Studios co-production will be produced by Movie Plus and distributed internationally by Keshet International. Levi and Keshet Media Group's Avi Nir, Keshet International's Alon Shtruzman, Keshet Broadcasting's Karni Ziv as well as Keshet Studios' Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will exec produce alongside Stollman, former HBO programming president Michael Lombardo and Cedar.
Levi won a Golden Globe award for creating Showtime's The Affair and also created Israeli drama Be'Tipul, which was adapted as HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning In Treatment. That series ran for three seasons on the premium cable network and has since been adapted in 16 more countries.
For Keshet, the untitled series becomes its latest format sale in the U.S., joining Prisoners of War, which became Showtime's Emmy winner Homeland, among others.
With the end of Game of Thrones in sight, HBO is stocking up on new dramas. The premium cabler recently launched $100 million big swing Westworld and is in talks for a second season of The Night Of. It has David E. Kelley's Big Little Lies coming soon as well.