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Clan seals script development deal for American remake


A&E is preparing an American remake of Belgian hit series Clan, a dark comedy in which the Murphy sisters come up with various schemes to kill their unbearable brother-in-law. Steve Blackman (Private Practive, Bones) will write and executive produce.

Clan is all about the Goethals sisters who are to become the Murphy sisters in the American remake. Tied together by the premature death of their parents, they’ve clung to each other like a real clan. But ever since their fifth sister’s marriage the bond has frayed. Together, the four of them plot the murder of their brother-in-law Jean-Claude, a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story. Originally scripted by Malin-Sarah Gozin, the Flemish series was released in the fall of 2012 and became in instant hit with an average market share of 34%. Clan also swiped three Flemish television awards, including the one for most popular TV programme.

Showrunner Steve Blackman is to adapt the original screenplay into an American version and will also executive produce the remake. Blackman already worked on shows as Private Practice and Bones and recently got involved as a consulting producer in Fargo, the spin-off series based on the Coen brothers’ film by the same name.

The Stateside version of Clan is ordered by A+E Studios, the production branch of A&E, in co-production with eOne. Brussels-based production company Caviar will also be involvend in the project as executive producer.

The original series of Clan, produced by Caviar and vtm, could count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Media Fund of Flemish Minister of Media Ingrid Lieten.