FX to air French crime drama in U.K.

International TV distrib Zodiak Rights is in negotiations with U.S. networks for a Stateside remake of French crime drama “Braquo.”

Alexandre Piel, head of fiction and documentary acquisition and co-production at Zodiak Rights in Paris, said he believes the skein could emulate the international success of Danish thriller “The Killing,” after “Braquo” was picked up by FX in the U.K. earlier this month.

The series, which has been a critical and ratings hit for Gallic paybox Canal Plus, was created by police officer-turned-filmmaker Olivier Marchal, who co-directed the first season and co-produced the second one via his Bad Co.

The skein, produced by Capa Drama, turns on four cops in a gang-busting unit who embark on a bloody crusade to avenge their squad leader.

“The deal with FX in the U.K. underscores ‘Braquo’s’ outstanding narrative and visual quality, and it shows that we’re capable of creating high-quality series for international audiences,” said Capa Drama producer Claude Chelli.

Chelli said the FX folks are so enthused about the series that they’ll broadcast it in its original version with English subtitles.

After unveiling a promo of season two at Mipcom in September, Zodiak Rights inked deals with Italy’s RAI and TV5 in Quebec, and offers have been made by Spanish and German nets, Piel said.

Sales were previously inked with Fox Intl. Channels in Italy, Scandinavia’s Scanbox, Denmark’s DR, Canal Plus Poland and eOne for a video deal in Canada. Penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri, season two is helmed by Eric Valette (“The Prey”) and Philippe Haim (“Secret Defense”). It brings back thesps Jean-Hugues Anglade, Karole Rocher, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Joseph Malerba, as well as introducing a host of other characters.

“This season moves faster, with a more stylized mise en scene than the previous one, but the DNA of the series remains the same: It’s really about the strong friendship bond that unites these flawed characters,” Chelli said.

Season two will bow on Canal Plus in early November, along with an alternate reality game created by Capa and Lexis Numerique, which will allow fans to dive into the show’s world and enroll them into “Braquo’s” team.

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