Sam Martin braves 'Forbidden Love'

Will adapt German soap for the U.S.

BERLIN -- Sam Martin, a former vp at cable network HBO, is set to adapt a story line from hit German soap "Verbotene Liebe" (Forbidden Love) for the U.S. market.

Martin, through her new aid+abet shingle, has acquired the remake rights to "Christian & Olli," a popular "forbidden love" story line about a gay couple living together in Dusseldorf. Christian and Olli have become cult figures in Germany and globally through the spread of clips of the soap on YouTube. The original soap is produced by GrundyUfa in Germany and airs on public broadcaster ARD.

Aid+abet plans to adapt the story, setting it against the backdrop of present-day Portland, Oregon. Through Martin's production agreements, HBO Films and HBO Entertainment will have first-look rights at the property before it is shopped to other networks.

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Martin is in Berlin for the Berlinale co-production market and is hawking aid+abet's upcoming slate, which includes feature projects "The Fabulist," a thriller written by Alex Metcalf ("An American Affair") and "Kenneth the Musical," the story of a failed director whose life is changed when he joins a small town musical theater company.