Popular Turkish psychological thriller series “The End” is being adapted into a Dutch version in what is being touted as the first redo of a Turkish drama in Western Europe.
Shooting started this week on the 10-episode remake which is titled “Vlucht HS13” (“Flight HS13”) with popular Dutch actress and TV personality Katja Schuurman (pictured) in the lead as a happily married woman who at first thinks her husband has died in a plane crash and then learns he never boarded the plane. She then has to find her way through a web of lies and intrigue to ultimately find him.
Amsterdam-based Column Film is producing. Rights were licensed by Eccho Rights, the distribution company based in Stockholm, Istanbul and Hong Kong. The show originated by Turkish TV powerhouse Ay Yapim is proving to be highly exportable.
Three other localised “The End” adaptations are in the works.
Russian World Studios will start shooting a Russian redo in May, while UFA Fiction is developing a German version of “The End,” and Globomedia is working on a Spanish adaptation. “The End” was the first Turkish drama piloted in the U.S. when Sander Moses produced a pilot for ABC under the title “The Runner,” though no series was subsequently ordered.
Eccho has licensed “The End” as a ready-made to over 40 countries, including public channel SVT in Sweden, where it was the first Turkish drama to air.
“The End has a solid base for adaptation,” enthused Chantal van der Horst, producer at Column Film, in a statement. “The cleverness of the scripts and the universal appeal of the storyline makes the series suitable for audiences across the world.”
“Turkish drama continues to break boundaries and it’s great that a West European version will be hitting screens later on this year,” boasted Nicola Söderlund, managing partner at Eccho Rights. “Ay Yapim have created a gripping plot that translates well across cultures, which is reflected in the number and range of licences we have on ‘“The End.”