Fox International buys rights to Israeli spy television series

‘False Flag’ is loosely based on the 2010 assassination in Dubai of a Hamas official.

Fox International Channels (FIC) and Keshet International will co-produce the US adaptation of Keshet’s newest Israeli scripted drama series Shkufim (False Flag), for American audiences. The format was sold to the US even before it has aired in Israel.

False Flag, as the American series is expected to be called, is loosely based on the 2010 assassination in Dubai of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

The US version will focus on eight ordinary Americans who wake up to find their faces and private lives broadcast across the Internet and news around the world as suspects in a dangerous international crime.

Parkland director Peter Landesman will team up with Amit Cohen-Raab, one of the original writers of the Israeli series, to pen the American script.

“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,” Sharon Tal Yguado, EVP Original Development and Scripted Programming at FIC, was quoted as saying in Deadline. “Peter with his background in investigative journalism understands the complexity of the story and has come up with a version that will connect deeply with audiences both in the US and globally.”

“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.

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