'The Island of 30 Coffins' was originally published by author Maurice Leblanc in 1919, just after World War I.
European media group Beta Film has acquired worldwide distribution rights of the French adaptation of the TV crime series The Island of Thirty Coffins.
Led by Virginie Ledoyen, the 6×60′ series is based on the novel by Maurice Leblanc, also known for his narratives on the adventures of Arsene Lupin which served as a source for the French series Lupin.
Created by Elsa Marpeau and Florent Meyer, The Island of Thirty Coffins is directed by Frederic Mermoud and written by Elsa Marpeau and Florent Meyer, its acquisition forms part of a planned far larger drive into French drama series by Beta Films.
The Island of Thirty Coffins revolves around Christine, who lost her son at birth 15 years ago. Or so she thought, until she receives a video that could prove that he is not dead. She returns to the island of her childhood in Brittany to get to the truth.
Produced by Thalie Images for France 2, shooting has been wrapped on the Island of Ouessant in Western France last week and is now underway all over Brittany and in Paris.
Speaking about the acquisition, Jérôme Vincendon, EVP International Sales & Acquisitions, French-speaking Europe, Beta Film, said: “We are fascinated by the richness and creativity of the ever-growing and blooming French production market. International success stories, such as Lupin and Call My Agent prove the strong, competitive creation landscape in France and underline its worldwide significance. We are very happy to dive even deeper into the French-speaking market and strengthen our crime slate with The Island of Thirty Coffins.”
Stéphane Moatti, Producer Thalie Images, commented: “It is an amazing opportunity to adapt Maurice Leblanc’s iconic book The Island of Thirty Coffins. The setting on a spectacular island with its disturbing strangeness is the heart of this thriller. I’m excited that this series produced with France Television will travel internationally thanks to Beta Film.”
He added: “During World War One, women came to occupy a huge space in society. It may not be a coincidence that ’30 Coffins’ has a woman at the centre of the story who is highly independent and battling to be free.”
The Island of 30 Coffins was originally published by Leblanc in 1919, just after World War I.