NBC has greenlighted a US adaptation of Australian ABC show The Slap.
Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, made the announcement at the Television Critics Association.
An eight-part miniseries adapted from the 2011 Australian series, The Slap
is a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.
West Wing writer Jon Robin Baitz has signed on to pen all eight eps and The Slap
Australia producer/ director Tony Ayres is on board as co-executive producer, along with Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.
Based on the 2008 novel by Aussie author Christos Tsiolkas, the Australian series starred Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okenedo, Alex Demitiades, Melissa George and Sophie Lowe.
No word yet on who will star in the US version.
The remake is now the latest in a string of Australian shows being developed in the US - A Moody Christmas, Lowdown, Review with Myles Barlow, The Straits and Rake (which will premiere Thursday, January 23rd on Fox in the US).