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Hulu Goes Straight to Series with Syrian Civil War Drama


Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to Fertile Crescent (working title), an eight-episode drama series starring James Purefoy (Altered Carbon, Following, Rome).

Co-produced by Masha Productions, Spiro Films, Haut et Court TV, Arte France and Fremantle, Fertile Crescent dives into the depths of the Syrian Civil War through the eyes of Antoine, a young French man in search of his estranged, presumed-to-be-dead sister.

Félix Moati (The French Dispatch, Le grand bain) stars alongside Mélanie Thierry (La Douleur, Au revoir là-haut.) and Purefoy. The series is co-created by Maria Feldman (False Flag), Eitan Mansuri (When Heroes Fly), Amit Cohen (False Flag) and Ron Leshem (Euphoria), and written by Cohen and Leshem in collaboration with Xabi Molia (Commes des rois, Les conquérants).

Fremantle will distribute the series internationally.

Cohen and Leshem said: “We feel fortunate to write about a world of brave women who change history, and to deal with captivating personal stories, while exploring one of the most tragic, heartbreaking events in recent decades. We are extremely excited to work on this show with such a talented, devoted and passionate team from all over the world.”

Hulu’s VP of content development, Jordan Helman, added: “From the moment we read the initial scripts, we were blown away and leaped at the opportunity to jump on board. We look forward to partnering with this incredibly talented team to bring this bold and provocative vision to life.”

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