Headline Pictures, the London-based company whose recent credits include Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle,” has optioned the English-language remake rights to “Call My Agent!,” the hit comedy series chronicling the ups and downs of a tight-knit and dysfunctional team of Parisian talent agents.
Headline’s production topper Christian Baute has enlisted critically-acclaimed British writer Georgia Pritchett, who notably created “Life of Riley” and penned episodes of “Veep” and “The Thick of It.” Pritchett is currently writing the English-language pilot, whose working title is “In Good Company.”
Headline is producing the series with TF1 Studio, and collaborating with Harold Valentin at Mother Production and Mon Voisin Productions, the Paris outfit of famed French talent agent Dominique Besnehard, who created the show.
Co-written by Fanny Herrero, the French series portrays the agents’ relationships with each other and with their clients as well as depicting the political game they must play to get contracts, while juggling their personal lives.
Baute said the British series will depict a talent agency in London and will have a broader focus than the French show, which mostly centers around the feature film industry.
“The U.K. version will have a broader focus because the agency business in London is broader — you don’t just have films, you have WestEnd, musicals, YouTube stars, television is very big while our feature film industry is not as buoyant as in France. And a lot American actors come to work in London. It’s Europe’s production hub,” explained Baute.
Baute said he didn’t want to make some sort of a satirical dramedy but rather a poignant, witty and universal drama that has a “Lubitcsh touch,” in reference of cult German-American filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch. Baute pointed out Pritchett shared his vision for the series and cited Lubitsch’s “Design for Living” and “Shop around the Corner” as examples of films dealing with similar themes as “In Good Company.”
Now in its second season, “Call My Agent” marked the smallscreen debut of French helmer Cedric Klapisch and attracted a top-notch cast of Gallic talent, including Cecile de France (“Young Pope”), Isabelle Adjani and Juliette Binoche.
Baute said the U.K. show will feature even more cameos than the French version and will be set in the center of London.
“I’m not making a commercial about London but I do want people to fall in love with London when they watch the series. Not many shows have metropolitan London as a backdrop,” said Baute, who is now working on attaching a prominent director to the series.
“Call My Agent!” is also being remade in Germany. Iris Group (“Bad Banks”) has just optioned the German-language remake rights to the show and will soon unveil further details. Nicolas Steil and Thomas Saignes are producing for Iris Group.
Aside from “In Good Company,” Headline Pictures is currently developing the third season of “The Man in the High Castle.” The company is nominated for an International Kids Emmy for the ITV’s feature-length drama “Peter & Wendy” which is based on JM Barrie’s novel “Peter Pan.”