German broadcaster RTL is to remake hit Australian prison drama Wentworth.
The series airs in the UK on Channel 5 and has drawn a loyal following. The broadcaster has already signed-up the second series.
The 10-part German-language adaptation will be produced by UFA, the German production arm of series owners FremantleMedia and goes into production in Berlin in March 2014.
Like the Australian original, the remake will follow the a gritty story of survival, rivalry, power struggles and unlikely allegiances within a female prison.
Barbara Thielen, Head of Fiction RTL, said, “The stories and characters of Wentworth will polarize and initiate discussions among the audience. Many women whose fates we are telling are certainly guilty in a legal sense, but if you can condemn them in a moral sense as well, everyone will judge differently.”
UFA ’s Guido Reinhardt said, “Wentworth is dynamic, controversial as well as emphatic. In this field of tension we present an uncompromising world, where friendship, trust and loyalty means everything and the question whether law and justice are actually the same is repeatedly raised.
“The answer to this is more than complex and thus a fascinating subject – packed in a highly emotional series.”