The Slap to be re-made for US audience on NBC

Sophie Okonedo in The Slap

Sophie Okonedo in The Slap

Critically acclaimed Australian TV series The Slap will be remade for the US network NBC with a script by Jon Robin Baitz, writer of The West Wing and creator of the drama series Brothers and Sisters.

The series will follow the format of the eight-part drama series based on Christos Tsiolkas’s best-selling novel of the same name, with each episode telling the story from a different perspective.

Matchbox Pictures and ABC TV made the original series shown on ABC1 in October 2011, starring Alex Dimitriades, Sophie Lowe and Melissa George as well as British actress Sophie Okonedo.

The NBC adaptation will be made by Universal Television and Matchbox Pictures with Matchbox’s Tony Ayres as executive producer alongside Universal TV’s Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

UK network Channel Four acquired the series from Matchbox and ABC TV in 2011 and it was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Award) for best international program the following year.

In Australia it was named the most outstanding drama series at the Logies and Australian actress Melissa George was named most outstanding actress.

It also performed well at the AACTAs in 2012 where it won awards for best telefeature, mini series or short run series, best TV screenplay, best lead actor in a drama for Alex Dimitriades and best guest or supporting actress in a TV drama for Diana Glenn.


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