Israeli 'Homeland' TV Series to Get Asian Adaptation

The South Korean version of the psychological spy thriller 'Prisoners of War' will focus on tension between Seoul and Pyongyang.

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The Israeli series "Hatufim" ("Prisoners of War") which was adapted into the hit U.S. TV drama "Homeland," will be getting an Asian version very soon, The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday.

According to the report, South Korea's Star J Entertainment will be developing the local rendition of the post-9/11 psychological thriller, with its plot likely to focus on the ongoing tensions between Pyongyang and its North Korean neighbor.

One of the producers, Teddy Zee, told the Hollywood Reporter: "We believe that the ongoing conflict between South Korea and North Korea makes the adaptation of 'Prisoners of War' especially compelling and timely.” Sebastian Lee, an ABC consultant who is also part of the endeavor, said that "with this cooperation with Keshet, we hope to expand the influence of the so-called Korean Wave in Asia and beyond.”

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, said his company is "very excited about the first Asian adaptation of 'Prisoners of War.'" "I look forward to seeing how the Koreans interpret this incredible story. It’s a gem in our portfolio which is continuously evolving and extending its lifecycle internationally,” he was quoted as saying.

"Prisoners of War," which first aired on Israeli television in 2011, has been sold to a number of countries, including Brazil, Turkey and Australia. "Homeland," is most famous adaptation, enjoyed a star-studded cast, high ratings and numerous awards.

Parts of both the first and second seasons of "Homeland" were shot in Israel, with the Jewish state's rugged deserts and twisting alleys representing Afghanistan and Iraq.

'Homeland' was based on the Israeli series 'Hatufim.'Credit: Courtesy of Showtime

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