Helion acquires ‘Mafiosa’ for U.S. reboot

Producer buys English-lingo remake rights

PARIS — Steven Bawol’s Helion Pictures has acquired English-language remake rights to hit Gallic thriller skein “Mafiosa,” which follows in the footsteps of two other Canal Plus crimers recently optioned for a U.S. makeover.

“Mafiosa” is a Corsica-set, hard-boiled crime drama centering on an attractive thirtysomething Corsican female lawyer who unexpectedly inherits the status of mob leader after her uncle is assassinated. Serge Moati’s Image and Compagnie produced the show, which was created by Hugues Pagan.

The series, which bowed on Canal Plus in 2006, has been one of the paybox’s most popular local dramas. It has completed four seasons with a fifth on the way. It’s also been an international sales hit. AB Intl. has sold it to more than 60 countries.

The two other Canal Plus skeins to have been picked up recently for an English-language redo are “Pigalle, la nuit,” which was licensed by 4Rights, the commercial arm of the U.K.’s Channel 4, and Helion, with “Dexter” showrunner James Manos Jr. tapped to pen the pilot, and Olivier Marchal’s “Braquo,” which was picked up by Asylum Entertainment’s Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch, two of the exec producers behind “The Kennedys.”

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