US TV series 'Suits' to be adapted for Arab audiences

The show will be produced by Egypt's TVision Media Production, best known for the Arab-language version of 'Saturday Night Live'
US TV series 'Suits' to be adapted for Arab audiences
TVision CEO Tarek Ganainy attends the SNL Arabia press conference on day two of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah in Dubai.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 11 Dec 2017 12:15 PM

Egypt-based TVision Media Production will produce an Arabic-language version of the popular American TV series 'Suits', according to media reports.

The American version of 'Suits' by USA Networks, which first aired in 2011, is centred around a bright college drop-out who finds himself working as an attorney at a New York law firm despite having never attended law school. Among the show’s stars is actress Meghan Markle, who in November announced her engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry.

In an interview with Variety at the Dubai International Film Festival, TVision CEO Tarek Ganainy said that the localised Arabic-version will be set in Cairo, with filming set to begin in June following months of “trials and errors” with the screenplays. The head writer is Egyptian independent film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy.

According to Variety, casting has not been finalised, and is currently being shopped around to various broadcasters around the Middle East.

Ganainy is quoted as saying that the Arabic-version of suits will be “an adaption, not a translation”, which must “feel that it’s an Arabic show.”

TVision Media Production is best known in the Middle East as the producers of 'Saturday Night Live Arabia'.

The Middle Eastern adaptation of 'Suits' is the second foreign adaptation currently announced, with a Korean remake of the series expected to air in 2018.

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Last Updated: Mon 11 Dec 2017 11:37 AM GST

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