Sharon Horgan, Merman Group With Paul Feig To Remake BBC’s Motherland – .
British production company Merman, owned by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, is partnering with Paul Feig and Lionsgate to recreate the popular BBC Two comedy Motherland for an American audience.
The project is in the early stages of development and has Grace and Frankie and United We Fall writer Julieanne Smolinski attached. The bridesmaids director, Feig, who signed an initial contract with Lionsgate, is involved through his Feigco entertainment outfit.
Motherland has been on the BBC for two seasons, with a third on the way. What follows is a group of London parents who delve into the trials and trauma of juggling career and childcare. The cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Philippa Dunne and Tanya Moodie.
It comes from Merman and Delightful Industries. The series was written by Horgan (Disaster), Holly Walsh (Dead Boss), Helen Linehan and Barunka O’Shaughnessy (Lethal). Executive producers for Merman are Mountford and Horgan, and Richard Boden for Delightful and Walsh. Besides Mountford and Walsh, Horgan is only involved as executive producer on the US remake.
Motherland isn’t the first BBC comedy to fall into Feig’s hands. He’s also adapting BBC Three’s This Country, which Fox commissioned for 14 episodes last year.
UK Trade Broadcast first covered the mainland news.