Catastrophe to be remade in French
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s comedy Catastrophe is to be remade in French.
The new version will be made for the broadcaster Super Écran in French-speaking Canada, where it is set to air in early 2017.
Still called Catastrophe – though pronounced differently – the show will star Julie Perreault as Audrey, a Quebecois school teacher, and Rossif Sutherland (the son of Donald Sutherland) as Frank, an American Francophile who hooks up with her in Montreal.
The pair bear a physical similarity to Delaney and Horgan, who both wrote and starred in the Channel 4 original.
Their series has now been sold to more than 120 territories including France, Spain, Australia, Israel and the US, as well as an on-demand deal with Amazon Prime – but this is the first time the rights to a remake have been secured. Avalon Distribution, a sister company of co-producers Avalon TV, sold the rights to Canadian company 1R2D.
Filming on the remake will take place in Montreal this autumn.
Catastrophe has been universally acclaimed by critics – with a 100 per cent rating from professional reviews as gauged by Rotten Tomatoes – and has won a slew of accolades, including two Royal Television Society awards, two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, a craft Bafta, a Rose D’Or and a South Bank Sky Arts Award.
Published: 16 Jun 2016