Nellie Andreeva

Amblin TV and ABC Studios are taking another stab at adapting the acclaimed Spanish hospital series Polseres Vermelles (Red Band Society), this time for Fox. The network has put in development the project, which will be written by Side Order Of Life creator Margaret Nagle. Red Band Society is a coming-of-age drama with humor set at a big-city hospital. Unlike most hospital series, it doesn’t center on the doctors but on the patients. It explores with dark humor the daily life of a group of teenage kids living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The depth of these unexpected friendships allow them to survive the challenges of growing up under such intense circumstances. Red Band Society is based on the Filmax-produced 2011 series Polseres Vermelles for Catalonia’s TV3 network, which was created by Albert Espinosa. (you can watch the opening sequence with English subtitles below) Amblin TV (then DreamWorks TV) first developed an U.S. adaptation of Polseres Vermelles two seasons ago with Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman as writer. Back then, Fox aggressively pursued the project but lost out to ABC in a bidding war. The format was originally brought to WME, which reps Amblin TV, by former Endeavor agent-turned-producer Sergio Aguero (No Reservations), who produces primarily international and Latin source material. UTA-repped Nagle, writer of the upcoming feature The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon, is exec producing with Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Aguero are executive producing, with brothers Carlos and Julio Fernandez of Filmax co-executive producing.

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