Israeli Spy Drama ‘The Gordin Cell’ Picked Up For a South Korean Remake

Elsa Keslassy

PARIS– Keshet International’s spy drama “The Gordin Cell” (“MICE”) is set for a South Korean makeover. The popular drama format has been picked up by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) for a local language redo, which will mark the first Korean adaptation of an Israeli show.

Korean shingle IMTV is adapting the scripted format and will soon begin production on the first season, which will begin airing on KBS in early 2015.

The local adaptation will turn on the life of a Korean pilot who he is torn between his loyalty to his family who have ties with North Korea and his loyalty to his country.

“‘MICE’ is a spy drama but at the same time it naturally tells a story about conflicts and reconciliation between family members,” said Soeck-gu Hong, KBS chief producer.

Seo-jung Lee, prexy at IMTV, said “Koreans love a story about family. This will be the first Israeli drama released in Korea and we hope it will be a great hit.”

Keren Shahar, GM Distribution Keshet International, pointed out South Korea has an appetite for drama.

“MICE” has already been adapted for the U.S. under the title “Allegiance.” the English-language show was penned by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and was ordered to series by NBC earlier this year. It will begin airing next year.

It’s also been picked by JITV for a Russian remake which will be produced by Elion Media.

The second season of the original Israeli series will bow on YES on Dec. 11.

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