Prisoner X to become Israeli drama

2013-12-24_1943The story of Prisoner X, Australian-born alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier found dead in an Israeli prison in 2010, will form the backdrop to a new drama series.

To be produced by the UK’s Company Pictures. Israel’s Tedy Productions and ADD Content Agency,  will focus not on Zygier himself but on two women left behind when an Israeli agent disappears into solitary confinement.

Zygier’s identity was revealed by ABC’s Foreign Correspondent, creating international headlines.

Zygier is believed to have hanged himself in his maximum-security cell after revealing state secrets to unconfirmed enemies of Israel. At the time even his jailers did not know who he was or what he had done.

Variety reports the drama will be a spy-thriller following two women struggling to fight for a man who has vanished into the black hole of state imprisonment. Together they navigate a maze of gag orders and national secrets, turning over stones that reveal terrifying realities about a man they thought they once knew.

“We are incredibly excited to be working alongside such a stellar array of talent on Prisoner X,” Company Pictures Managing Director John Yorke said. “Israel has been at the forefront of some of the most original and smart television of the past few years, and it’s a huge privilege to be working with them to be bringing such an exciting idea to the screen.”

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