Twice Academy Award-nominated writer-director Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”) is teaming with Abbout Productions, Lebanon’s prime indie shingle, on TV collection challenge “The King’s Wives.”
The six-episode fiction, pitched Feb. 25 on the 2020 Berlinale Co-Professional Collection, is ready to be the primary TV drama produced by Abbout, a Beirut-set manufacturing home run by Georges Schoucair, greatest recognized so far for movies with a distinctly Arab voice.
Scheduled to shoot from fall 2021 in Morocco or Turkey, “The King’s Wives” is conceived as a multicultural challenge, with Palestinian-Dutch Abu-Assad as co-creator and showrunner, manufacturing by a Lebanese staff, with a solid coming from everywhere in the Arab world and worldwide heads of departments.
A TV drama with humorous components, set in a contemporary unnamed Arab monarchy, “The King’s Wives” follows Zein, a revolutionary princess who desires to problem the monarchy and enhance girls’s rights.
She aligns along with her progressive husband, Prince Malik, and their three daughters, when Malik’s father is struck ailing and the coronation of a brand new king turns into pressing.
The royal courtroom offers Malik an ultimatum: if Zein, who’s pregnant, delivers one other lady, he should both give the throne to his conservative brother Omar or marry a second spouse.
When Zein delivers a child lady, they make a daring transfer, escalating a scenario by which 4 wives share Malik. In the meantime, a revolution within the streets threatens the dominion.
The challenge is dubbed by its creators as a cross between “The Crown” in its royal attract, “Succession” in its household intrigue, and “Massive Little Lies” within the complexities of the relationships between girls.
Abbout’s Schoucair and Myriam Sassine will produce the collection, co-created by Amira Diab, a producer on Abu-Assad’s movie “The Mountain Between Us.”
“The collection tells the present challenges of Arab monarchies caught between their traditions and their thrive for modernity. It’s additionally a feminist collection that raises consciousness concerning the girls’s capacity to occupy management positions in governments and locations of energy,” Schoucair mentioned.
“It has some components of romance and comedy. If you add to them the hole between the Western tradition and Arab tradition, the hole between women and men within the Arab world, and a person pressured to marrying 4 wives, these components combined collectively will certainly add a humorous end result whereas retaining the seriousness of the collection’ world,” Sassine mentioned.
Abu-Assad is thought for guiding 2006’s “Paradise Now,” which acquired an Oscar nomination within the then greatest foreign-language movie class. His 2013 film “Omar” was nominated in the identical class and chosen for Un Sure Regard part on the 2013 Cannes Movie Pageant, the place it went on to win its Jury Prize.
Abbout Productions has managed since 1998 to carry collectively a community of Arab and Lebanese filmmakers, having produced award-winning movies corresponding to Ghassan Salhab’s “The Valley,” Vatche Boulghourjian’s “Tramontane” and Ahmad Ghossein’s “All This Victory.”
Just lately, the corporate has proven curiosity on the planet of TV drama because it noticed how some worldwide collection, made of their non-English languages and dialects, changing into a worldwide success.
Along with “The King’s Wives,” Abbout is concerned in creating three new collection that additionally sort out Arab tradition with potential worldwide attraction.
“The King’s Wives” is among the 10 tasks chosen on the 6h Berlinale Co-Professional Collection, operating Feb. 25-26 on the Zoo Palast.
At Co-Professional Collection, Abbout executives are on the lookout for co-producers, broadcasters and additional financing and distribution companions principally from France, Italy, U.S., Canada, Germany and Turkey.