Korea to Adapt Israeli Spy Drama 'The Gordin Cell'

Allegiance (NBC)

Stars: Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Magarita Levieva, Gavin Stenhouse, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters, Kenneth Choi
Team: George Nolfi (writer-director), Avi Nir, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal, Giyora Yahalom

Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark and Katya, are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago.

NBC has ordered a U.S. version of the series, which will air as 'Allegiance' in 2015

Korean broadcaster KBS will adapt hit Israeli spy drama The Gordin Cell, aka MICE, marking the first time an Israeli drama will be adapted for South Korea.

Korean company IMTV will adapt and produce the series for KBS, with shooting set to start soon for broadcast in early 2015. The deal was negotiated with Israeli production and sales operation Keshet International. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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The Korean version of the series will focus on a South Korean pilot who is torn between loyalty to his country and to his family, which has tight links with the regime in North Korea. The original version had an Israeli pilot caught between his country and that of his parents, two former Russian spies.

“Koreans love a story about family,” said IMTV president Seo-jung Lee. “This will be the first Israeli drama released in Korea, and we hope it will be a great hit.”

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George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) has adapted The Gordin Cell for NBC under the title Allegiance, which is set to air in 2015. The drama has also sold to Russia, where Elion Media is adapting the series.

A second season of the original Israeli show, produced by Tedy Productions, will debut on Israeli network YES on Dec. 11. Ron Leshem created The Gordin Cell together with Amit Cohen, Giyora Yahalom and Danny Sirkin.

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