Red Arrow Studios International has inked a deal with CBS for its hit scripted format Einstein. The US remake is now in development with Monk creator and executive producer Andy Breckman re-teaming with Monk’s director and executive producer Randy Zisk, for the procedural drama about a brilliant detective.
The CBS development comes from the Monk duo, Tariq Jalil’s Intrigue Entertainment, Red Arrow Studios International and CBS Television Studios.
Breckman executive produces with Zisk, who also directs. James Baker, Bo Stehmeier, Shirley Bowers executive produce for Red Arrow Studios International, as well as Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil, Lucas Carter and Joe Wiggins, and Howard Klein for 3 Arts Entertainment. CBS Television Studios is the studio.
Written by Breckman, Einstein is based on a German series distributed by Red Arrow Studios International, and follows a whip-smart, smooth-talking and illegitimate descendant of Albert Einstein, who is recruited by the police for his skills at solving particularly complex cases.
The original series of Einstein was commissioned by Germany’s SAT.1 and produced by Zeitsprung Pictures. The show’s 3 seasons (32 x 45’) plus movie pilot star Tom Beck (Alarm for Cobra 11) as Felix, the great grandson of Albert Einstein, who is forced to work with the police to solve crimes using his brilliant but eccentric mind. Einstein has sold to over 100 territories including Spain and Portugal, and the scripted format has been sold to countries including the Czech Republic and Hungary. Red Arrow Studios International handles global sales of the format and finished tape.
Bo Stehmeier, President at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “Einstein has been a huge hit in its home territory and around the world. It’s great to see the format being developed for the US market by such talented and experienced partners, and we look forward to seeing how they bring the show to life for a domestic audience.”
In addition to the popular detective dramedy Monk, which ran on USA for eight seasons, Breckman recently created and executive produced The Good Cop, also directed and exec produced by Zisk, which ran on Netflix.