Amy Poehler to Adapt Israeli Film 'Zero Motivation' for American TV

2014 film about women soldiers pushing paper at a remote IDF base won significant commercial and critical success, including two prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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A scene from the award-winning film 'Zero Motivation.'Credit: Eran Cohen
Nirit Anderman
Nirit Anderman

"Zero Motivation," one of Israel's most successful films in recent decades, will be adapted into a television series by BBC America.

The 2014, film directed by Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie, appears on a list of the network's future projects published by Variety magazine this week.

Like the film, the TV series will be a comedy drama about women serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Lavie and Israeli producer Elon Ratzkovsky will be executive producers of the TV remake, along with Brooke Posch.

Ratzkovsky said that the TV rights were bought by American actress and comedian Amy Poehler ("Saturday Night Live," "Parks and Recreation) and Natasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black," "Everyone Says I Love You") after they saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Work on the remake is in its early stages and no additional details are available as yet.

"Ever since the film came out, we have received endless approaches from Israel and around the world about adapting it into just about every possible format," Ratzkovsky said. "The connection with Amy and Natasha seems to us to be the best fit with the spirit of the movie."

Lavie said that "we are talking about a comedian and creator who I like a lot and it will be interesting to see what they do with the material."

"Zero Motivation" has been described as a "zany, dark and comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base who bide their time pushing paper and counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life."

It was first screened at the Tribeca festival two years ago and won two awards – for the best drama and the best director. It also won six Ophir awards in Israel. It was released on the commercial circuit in June 2014 and achieved substantial commercial and critical success.

The film stars Dana Ivgy, who won the Ophir for best actress, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein and Yuval Segal. 

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