German TV production company Bantry Bay has secured German-language remake rights to hit Turkish female empowerment skein “Fatmagul” in the latest signal of Turkish TV’s growing global reach.
Produced locally by Turkish production powerhouse Ay Yapim, “Fatmagul” is based on a novel by prominent local scribe and political activist Vedat Turkali. It turns on its titular young woman protag who is raped one night by three men, which shatters her life. Her fiancee dumps her, and she is forced to marry a man who witnessed her rape. Fatmagul vows to fight and embarks on an intricate quest for justice.
The show is a regular ratings winner in Turkey and has played widely around the world in dubbed versions drawing outstanding audience figures, especially in Latin America.
Munich-based Bantry Bay was set up in 2014 as a joint venture between Jan Kromschroder, the former ITV Germany topper and Beta Film, headed by Jan Mojto. They have produced the hit German adaptation of “Red Band Society,” based on the original Spanish format “Polseres Vermelles.”
Bantry Bay will develop a version for German-speaking Europe. Turks form the largest enthic minority in Germany.
“‘Fatmagul’ has already proved to be a global hit as a readymade so we are really pleased to announce the first remake in Germany,” enthused Fredrik af Malmborg, managing director at Eccho Rights, who brokered the deal.
“With a first rate producer at the helm we can’t wait to see how they approach the script,” he added.
Eccho Rights, a distribution company based in Stockholm, Istanbul and Hong Kong, claim they are negotiating several other “Fatmagul” re-make deals around the world.
In April Eccho brokered the deal for popular Turkish psychological thriller series “The End” to be adapted into a Dutch version in what they touted as being the first redo of a Turkish drama in Western Europe.