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Adi Hasak partners Asacha, Dynamic, MBC to adapt German drama Tempel

MIPCOM: Shades of Blue creator Adi Hasak has partnered with Asacha Media Group, Dynamic TV and broadcaster MBC on Karantina, a scripted adaptation of German series Tempel.

Adi Hasak

Created by Conni Lubek, Tempel is a ZDF format that was optioned by Hasak and Dynamic TV’s Dan March with a view to developing it as a US show. When MBC offered to remake the series in Arabic, Hasak and March decided to move the crime drama to a new setting.

Production on Karantina wrapped in May, with filming taking place in Athens and Beirut, and the series has been promoted in Cannes this week. The series stars Yaqoub Al Farhan, Reham Alkassar, Yasmina El Abd, Cynthia Khalifeh, Nicolas Mouawad, Earl Cave and James Franco.

The eight-part family crime drama tells the story of Dahab (Al Farhan), a fighter and muscle for a Beirut-based US crime boss (Franco). Upon Dahab’s release from jail, he promises his paraplegic wife and teen daughter that he’ll never return to a world of crime and takes a job as an elder caregiver.

But when his family is targeted by a gang that wants to evict them from their apartment, Dahab steps back into the world of crime as he struggles to keep his family together.

Hasak is the showrunner, with Christine Crokos (Pimp) as co-showrunner. Hasak wrote or co-wrote all episodes with Crokos and Clare Siobhan Byrne. The directors are Goran Kapetanovic (Caliphate) and Umut Aral (Who Were We Running From).

It is executive produced by Hasak and Crokos for Adi TV Studios; Fredrik Ljungberg for MBC; Marc Antoine de Halluin and Arnaud Figaret for Asacha Media Group; Dan March and Michael Wenning for Dynamic TV, and ZDF. The producers are Fenia Cossovitsa (Tehran) and Elias Ledakis for Blond, and Joseph Samaan & George Papantakos for Tanweer.

Hasak’s previous series include Eyewitness and The Box, while 2024 will also see the release of medical procedural The First 24 and Margeaux, a reimagining of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre told from the perspectives of a female Mossad agent and the Palestinian who orchestrated the attack.

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