'Kaboul Kitchen' to kick off sales at Mip

PARIS — AB Intl. has inked a flurry of sales on Gallic gangster drama miniseries “Tony’s Revenge,” and is in advanced negotiations with an American buyer for a U.S. adaptation.

“Tony’s Revenge” toplines Simon Abkarian (“Casino Royale”) as an old-time gangster who escapes prison and teams up with a young hood to seek revenge on his former partners in crime.

The €10 million ($13.1 million) six-parter was acquired by Brazil’s GloboSat, Russia’s Red Media, Montenegro’s RTCG and Hungary’s SPI.

AB Intl. is in talks with buyers from Spain, Germany, the U.K. and Australia.

“Tony’s Revenge” is produced by Tetra Media (“A French Village”) and Lincoln TV, the television arm of Fidelite Films, the production outfit behind 3D blockbuster “Asterix: God Saves Britannia.”

At Mip TV, AB Intl. will introduce buyers to Canal Plus comedy hit “Kaboul Kitchen.” The first season, which comprises 12 half hours, is produced by Scarlett Prods. and Chic Films, Marco Cherqui’s outfit, best known for “A Prophet.”

Set in Afghanistan, “Kaboul Kitchen” turns on a Gallic expat, played by Gilbert Melki (“Why Would I Lie To You”) who runs a popular French restaurant with a pool in the heart of Kabul. His life gets turned upside down when his estranged daughter pays him a visit to do humanitarian work. The humor-laced show, which also toplines Abkarian, is inspired by the true story of Marc Victor, a former journo who ran a hot spot for expats in Kabul for many years. Victor co-penned the series with Jean-Patrick Benes and Allan Mauduit.

Helmed by Mauduit, Benes and Frederic Berthe, “Kabul” drew the best ratings for the launch of a comedy show on primetime Canal Plus. The paybox has just greenlit a second season of 12 half-hour episodes. AB Intl. will be selling and pre-selling all 24 episodes at Mip TV.

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