Japan's Wowow and Warner Bros. to Co-Produce Local Version of 'Cold Case'
The Japanese version will be the first outside the U.S. of the long-running Jerry Bruckheimer Television–produced series and shot in 4K.
Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) and Wowow, Japan's biggest pay TV network, have teamed to produce a local version of Cold Case, the two companies announced Thursday.
The initial 10-episode local-language series based on the long-running CBS crime drama will air on Wowow in October as part of its Drama W original content brand. As well as showing imported fare, including Cold Case, on its three channels, Wowow has been increasing the number of original dramas and co-productions in recent years.
Cold Case, a Philadelphia-based police procedural, ran for seven seasons, ending its run in 2010.
Following similar storylines to the Jerry Bruckheimer Television-produced series, the Japanese version will be directed by Takafumi Hatano (SP Series).
The series will be shot in 4K on HDR’s newest RED camera, WEAPON, the first time it will be used for a Japanese TV show.
Said Wowow president Akira Tanaka: "Our intentions are to offer Wowow subscribers the highest quality television series, and Cold Case is a perfect example of our approach in doing so."