With his new movie Downsizing coming out in just a few short weeks, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) is turning his eye to television, as Showtime announces that Payne will be producing the drama Kilroy County for the network.
Based on the popular Dutch series Holland’s Hoop, the show will be exec. produced by Payne with his partners Jim Taylor and Jim Burke, along with Roberto Benabib (Weeds) who is also writing the series with Taylor. Director Miguel Arteta (Beatriz at Dinner) will direct as well as exec. produce the series with Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya, Mark Stern from IM Global and Endemol Shine North America’s Mark Stern.
The original Dutch series is about forensic psychiatrist Simon who treats the criminally insane at a high-security Chicago jail. When his father dies, Simon decides to deal with his own domestic problems by spending time at his family farm. What Simon doesn’t know is that a dangerous former patient has followed them to the farm.
Created, written and directed by Franky Ribbens & Dana Nechushtan, Holland’s Hoop is currently in its second season and has already been renewed for a third. Endemol Shine North America had been developing an English language version of the show for years before Payne was brought on board
Scripted World has produced other Dutch television adaptations including Red Widow and Betrayal for ABC and the Dutch drama Adam & Eva currently in development with Marc Platt producing for Fox. The company is also producing Showtime’s Israeli format-based Your Honor with Robert and Michelle King and Peter Moffat.
Payne’s Downsizing, co-produced with Taylor and Burke will be released by Paramount in North America on Dec. 22 following its premiere at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor