Details have emerged about the British remake of French sitcom hit Call My Agent!.
Available in the UK via Netflix, the original version of the comedy - known as Dix Pour Cent in its home country - focuses on a talent agency where the staff must scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat after the sudden death of the company's founder.
Trade publication Deadline has now revealed the cast list for the show.
Deadline adds: "We understand that a host of A-list Brit and US guest stars have been lined up across the series, which will be made up of eight one hour episodes and shoot until September.
"The adaptation will retain the essence of the French series (which has found global success on Netflix) where a Parisian talent agency's employees must scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat after the sudden death of their founder. However, the remake will incorporate Morton's British sensibility and introduce some new storylines."
Christian Baute, the executive producer for Headline Pictures, says: "I first watched the show on TV in France back in 2015 and fell in love with it straight away. I immediately thought it would be a slam dunk in English and I went to speak to TF1 [the French TV channel] . Sometimes people think comedies don't travel well but when there's the right mix of comedy and drama and a strong story they absolutely can travel. The appeal of the show comes a lot from its very flawed characters who band together as a community to get things done against the odds. The show ultimately expresses humanity in a very sweet way."
David Davoli from co-producers Bron Studios adds: "There is a whimsical nature to John's writing and an authenticity to his characters that is sure to resonate with audiences around the world. It is because of John's writing that we have attracted such strong talent in front of and behind the camera. We are thrilled to be working with Headline Pictures and the fantastic crews in the UK to breathe life into a wonderful show."
Speaking previously, Morton has said: "I'm thrilled, startled and daunted to be given the chance to re-create such a wonderful show as Call My Agent! for an English language audience. It's a big responsibility and I'm very lucky to have the support and expertise of David Davoli at Bron Studios and Christian Baute at Headline Pictures to draw on. If we're all very ambitious for this project, it's only because the original is so good."
John Morton says: "It's great to be working with Amazon Prime Video who support creativity and gives us the freedom to put our own distinctively British stamp on the series. It's a privilege to be working with an extraordinary cast, along with some star-studded cameos, who together represent the best of Britain's talent."
Martin Backlund from Amazon adds: "Call My Agent! has been a runaway hit; we're delighted to have worked hand in hand with the creative teams behind the show to bring a uniquely British slant for Prime Video members in the UK and Ireland. The incredible ensemble cast, coupled with the talented team behind the cameras, means it's sure to be something special, and we're looking forward to seeing how our customers respond."
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