Jane the Virgin Set for South African Remake


Jane the Virgin has been licensed as a format to Alta Global Media (AGM) to develop a South African version of the series.

The local-language, 12-episode romantic dramedy is currently being prepped for adaptation for the Sub-Saharan African territories. South Africa’s Mandlakayise Dube (Silverton Siege) is on board to direct the pilot. Writer/producer Jafta Mamabolo from Johannesburg is writing.

The South African adaptation will follow a 22-year-old proud Zulu virgin who becomes accidentally inseminated by her gynecologist and must grapple with her newfound pregnancy and the love triangle she suddenly finds herself at the center of.

Propagate International secured the deal for the South African adaptation and has sold the format to a number of territories, including China, South Korea, India, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Turkey and a new option in Serbia. Propagate’s chairman and co-CEO, Ben Silverman, who served as an executive producer on The CW’s Jane the Virgin, brought the format to the U.S. from Venezuela.

“We are very pleased to partner with Alta Global Media to bring Jane the Virgin to South Africa,” said Dan Thunell, co-head of Propagate International. “Alta is assembling a top-tier local team, and we look forward to kicking off production in the near future. Jane the Virgin has resonated with viewers around the world because it tackles relatable, universal themes, and we are confident the series will succeed in South Africa.”