Fox Intl. Channels Teams With Keshet Intl. on Landesman’s ‘False Flag’

Show will mark the smallscreen debut of "Parkland"'s helmer/scribe Peter Landesman

Fox Intl. Channels (FIC) is set to team up Keshet Intl., the outfit behind “Homeland,” on the U.S. adaptation of Keshet’s psychological spy thriller skein “False Flag” (“Shkufim”) with “Parkland” helmer/scribe Peter Landesman on board to write. 

Created by Amit Cohen-Raab and Maria Feldman, “False Flag” is inspired by the 2010 assassination in Dubai, where a Palestinian radical was killed in his hotel room. 

Following the event, the hotel pieced together surveillance footage and passport photos to implicate 26 international hotel guests and released them to global news outlets.

Peter Landesman’s version, which FIC is developing in-house, will tell the story of eight apparently ordinary American Citizens, who wake up to find their faces and private lives broadcast across the internet and television news around the world as suspects in a brazen and dangerous international crime. Landesman will co-write the series’ pilot with Cohen-Raab.

“The pedigree and passion of FIC and Keshet make them the perfect creative partners. The espionage thriller is a genre we all know, love and are excited to take to a level we hope audiences will not have experienced before,” said Landesman.

“False Flag” is the latest example of FIC’s mission to develop character-driven dramas in the U.S. that can translate into international franchises. FIC pioneered its global day and date release strategy with the hit series “The Walking Dead,” and replicated since with key properties, including “DaVinci’s Demons” and “The Bridge.”

“Our partnership with Keshet and Peter Landesman, who both have strong track records for telling compelling stories, is an exciting addition to our original development slate,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, executive VP of original development and scripted Programming at FIC, adding that Landesman’s background in investigative journalism helps him understands the complexity of the story.

Indeed, Landesman was an award-winning investigative journalist and war correspondent before starting a career in film and TV. 

The original show, “Shkufim” was produced by Tender Prods. 

In the run-up to Micpom, the Cannes-set TV confab, FIC also announced “Outcast,” an upscale drama series in development with “The Walking Dead” creator, Robert Kirkman, and David Alpert, exec producer.

Keshet Intl. has successfully introduced a flurry of Israeli formats to the U.S. market, including “Homeland,” an adaptation of “Prisoners of War;” and is developing various U.S. makeovers of Keshet shows, including “M.I.C.E.” and “Tyrant.”

Both Keshet and Landesman are represented at WME.

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