Mumbai: Locomotive Global Inc., an international production company focused on developing, producing, and distributing Indian-themed content for India and the world, has acquired the first scripted remake rights to the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME®drama series RAY DONOVAN from CBS Studios International. Locomotive will develop a new version of the series to be set in India and featuring an Indian cast.
“India is one of the biggest entertainment markets in the world. There is a voracious appetite for high-quality drama series throughout the region,” said Sunder Aaron, co-founder and Principal of Locomotive Global, Inc. “We think RAY DONOVAN, with its complex and gritty storylines and strong anti-hero central character, is in sync with the themes and genres that are resonating with Indian viewers right now. Our adaptation will bring Ray into the Indian milieu with the protagonist now a “fixer” in Bollywood. We look forward to developing this first-rate series for a whole new fanbase.”
Roxanne Pompa, Vice President, International Formats for CBS Studios International said: “India has become an increasingly important market for scripted drama and we are seeing more and more high-quality content coming from the region,” said CBS. “Locomotive’s idea to adapt the story and iconic central character of RAY DONOVAN in India market is both exciting and timely and we look forward to seeing how Indian viewers will respond.”
As a “fixer” for Hollywood’s elite, Ray Donovan is the go-to guy for celebrities, athletes, and business moguls to make their problems disappear. Though often a messy job, it’s much more lucrative than Ray’s previous work as a ruthless South Boston thug and it’s given him status to run with the truly wealthy and powerful. But no amount of money can completely mask Ray’s past, including a troubled family and a father who threatens to destroy everything Ray has been trying to accomplish for himself.
Starring Liev Schrieber, RAY DONOVAN premiered on Showtime in 2013 and is currently in production on the series’ seventh season. RAY DONOVAN won the Critics Choice Television Award for “Most Exciting New Series” in 2013 and Liev Schreiber has multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in the title role.
Locomotive Global will develop, produce, and film the remake in India, and is currently identifying broadcast and digital distribution partners.