Another ABC series is set to have a US adaptation, but in a first, this time it’s landed a US nod before the Australian series has even aired.
Strange Calls premieres next Tuesday night on ABC2, based on a short film by Daley Pearson and Luke Tierney. It stars Barry Crocker as a night security man in Coolum where weird things happen after dark. He is joined by Toby Truslove as a local cop.
Deadline reports a US pilot will be developed by writer Donick Cary (New Girl, The Simpsons, Bored to Death), director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and producer Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) for the US ABC Network. The US version will be set on Nantucket island, near Boston.
In the Australian series, viewers can interact on Twitter with night security man Gregor (Crocker) as he responds to strange calls.
ABC2 has already uploaded the first episode to iView ahead of the broadcast, next Tuesday night at 9:30pm.
ABC Head of Comedy, Debbie Lee says: “Seeing a US network pickup an Australian series to pilot before it has even broadcast is remarkable and such a testament to the creative vision of the team and the show. The Strange Calls is already creating a buzz online ahead of the ABC2 premiere next Tuesday – so we hope Australian audiences will get in now and see it here first.”
Tracey Robertson, Executive Producer for Hoodlum says: “Hoodlum has been working in the US market for a long time and the American remake of The Strange Calls is the result of not only this commitment but also the hard work by the dedicated team that believed in this project. Even though The Strange Calls is a relatively small project, it’s got a very big heart and this is a brilliant outcome for everyone who was part of this collaboration including the cast and crew, ABC TV, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.”
Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield will also act as executive producers.
The adaptation follows recent news of The Slap and Rake being developed for the US market.