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A&E Developing Drama Based on Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Nino Santo’

A&E Network has found the path of “Nino Santo” and is developing multiple scripts for an adaption of the Mexican series of the same name that was created by Mauricio Katz, Pedro Peirano and Pablo Cruz and executive produced by Cruz, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

The series follows a group of young doctors who are sent to a remote village to vaccinate the locals, only to encounter an unusual cult headed by an enigmatic faith healer. The doctors decide to become involved with this group in the name of science, but as they witness Nino’s “miracles,” they begin to weigh scientific impossibility against the possibility of faith.

The team who created the Mexican version will be adapting the series for the U.S. and it will be produced by A+E Studios in association with Amblin Television and Canana. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will serve as executive producers for Amblin Television, along with “Fringe’s” Jeff Pinkner, who will also serve as executive producer and showrunner.

“We are in constant pursuit of projects featuring great characters, compelling drama and the outstanding storytelling uniquely suited to the A&E brand, and ‘Niño Santo’ fits all of those criteria,” said David McKillop, gm and evp of A&E Network. “What sets this apart from other format adaptations is that we have the original creative team in place guiding the process to ensure their authentic vision remains intact for the American audience.”

Amblin is currently producing seven series airing on five different networks, including Fox’s new “Red Band Society,” ABC’s midseason supernatural thriller “The Whispers” and the upcoming drama “Public Morals” on TNT. It is also working with Fox on a TV adaptation of “Minority Report.”

A+E Studios’s slate includes “The Returned,” a new series adaptation of  the French hit “Les Revenant,” for A&E Network.

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