If you live in the United States and love mind-twisting science fiction thrillers, you are in for a treat. U.S. television network NBC has acquired the rights to remake Chile’s acclaimed science fiction series Gen Mishima for an English-speaking U.S. audience.
The eight episodes of Gen Mishima had a popular run on Chilean television in 2008. The story follows Ignacio Maiakovsky, a journalist investigating young graduates of a school for gifted children founded by a Japanese doctor named Dr. Mishima who planned to mold the leaders of the century. In the process of researching his article, Maiakovsky unveils a dark plan involving genetic mutation and religion. The show starred Chilean actors Cristián Carvajal, Fernanda Urrejola, Diego Casanueva and Celine Reymond.
The U.S. adaption of Gen Mishima will be written and produced by Ken Sanzel, producer behind shows such as “Numb3rs” and “NYC 22″. Mexican producer Sergio Aguero, executive producer of the film Y tu Mamá También, will serve as executive producer.
The purchase of the cult series took place earlier this month at the annual TV and entertainment conference MIPCOM in Cannes, France. The conference is considered the industry’s most important event for buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content.
“I am very proud that for the first time, a Chilean television show will be produced for the U.S. market,” said Sergio Gándara, Executive Producer of the Chilean production company PAROX, who produced the original Gen Mishima.
While NBC has made script commitments for the drama, fans may have to wait a while before the show hits U.S. airwaves. Typically after a television script is written, a pilot episode is filmed, and at that point networks will decide to make a full season and broadcast the program on television.