NBC to adapt The Slap

NBC is close to finalising a deal to adapt The Slap for the US market.

Deadline reports Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz will write the adaptation and executive produce with Matchbox Pictures’ Tony Ayres and US producers Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.

NBC-Universal is an investor in Australia’s Matchbox Pictures.

Tony Ayres told TV Tonight, “We are thrilled to be working with such accomplished producers as Parkes Macdonald, and excited to see how the premise of The Slap which really is universal in its reach and effect, will translate in particular into the American context.”

The Slap, based on a book by Christos Tsolkias, has picked up a swag of awards including AACTAs, Logies, AWGIEs, Australian Director’s Guild awards and nominations from the BAFTAs and Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

The news follows confirmation last week that ABC’s Rake is in development for a US adaptation with Greg Kinnear in the title role.


  1. Heaps of Aussie dramas are “developed” in the States (a script is re-written). Doesn’t mean they’ll commission a pilot, let alone a series.

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