4Rights, Helion set up remake of French TV hit

Channel 4′s 4Rights wing and Paris-based Helion Pictures have pacted with showrunner James Manos Jr. to adapt French crime saga “Pigalle, la nuit” for the U.S. market.

Manos, who worked on “Dexter” and “The Sopranos,” will write the pilot for the U.S. version of “Pigalle” and serve as exec producer. Deal marks the latest example of a American creative talent teaming with overseas producers and financiers to develop programs for the American market.

Manos said, “We’re going to build on the success of that show to create a series that uses the global phenomenon of organized crime as a backdrop for a story of one man’s corruption and his struggle for redemption.”

The original series was set in Paris, but the reboot unspools in Moscow and focuses on Thomas, a 30-year-old Russian orphaned as a child and raised in New York, who works in the financial sector.

Helion optioned the rights to “Pigalle” from Gaul’s Lincoln TV via a development deal with 4Rights. The eight-part series was created by Herve Hadmar and Marc Herpoux and bowed on Canal Plus in 2009.

Steven Bawol, Helion’s managing director, said, “We’re happy to have an accomplished showrunner like Jim on this series.”

Dominic Schreiber, rights development manager at 4Rights, added, “There’s huge interest in scripted formats in the U.S. right now, and having a writer like Jim onboard takes this project to a whole new level.”

It’s 4Rights first investment in a U.S. drama series. Last year it financed “The Inbetweeners Movie,” which became a box office smash.

Two other Canal Plus drama series are being adapted for the U.S. BBC Worldwide is working on a U.S. take on “Spiral,” while Zodiak is developing a U.S. version of “Braquo.”

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