FOX announces pilot of Red Band Society

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 20-01-2014

FOX has finally given the green light to the US version of the Spanish series Red Band Society, produced by Filmax and TV3.

The US channel will film a pilot plus additional back-up scripts, following the network's new development approach to series.

The drama, from Amblin TV and ABC Studios, received a script commitment with penalty in November. The American version of Filmax's original series Polseres Vermelles has been written by Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire) and produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, FOX will try a new pilot model with Red Band Society. Instead of producing several pilots of different series at the same time, the company will produce fewer, and more select, series throughout the year.

The Spanish soap opera was first developed in the US by Amblin TV two seasons ago; Amblin TV was then purchased by ABC, and the series wasn't aired.

If FOX's production moves forward, Red Band Society will become one of Filmax's most successful formats, as it has been distributed worldwide, achieving large audience figures. The Italian version was premiered last week by RAI 1, produced by Bing Band Media, Palomar, Raid Fiction and Funwood Iberica. The series has become the Italian public network's bet for fiction for 2014.

The original series finished airing on Argentina's Telefe less than a month ago, also achieving large success among the young target audience. The drama has been also taken to Mexico's TV Azteca and France's Número 23, among other channels.