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HBO Orders Israeli Kidnapping Drama Straight to Series

HBO has given a 10-episode series order to a drama about the tragic events involving the disappearance of three teens that unfolded in Israel two years ago.

Created by The Affair and In Treatment co-creator Hagai Levi and Noah Stollman, the untitled series, a co-production between HBO and Keshet International’s Keshet Studios, will be filmed on location in Israel next summer and will primarily be directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar (Beaufort, Footnote).

It will be executive produced by former HBO president Michael Lombardo in his first series gig since he stepped down from his executive post to segue to producing.

Based on actual events, the untitled serie dramatizes the tragic torrent of violence that followed the disappearance of, and intensive search for, three Israeli teens during the summer of 2014. The show follows an idealistic investigator for the Shin Bet (the Israeli equivalent of the FBI) as he deals with the ramifications of violent reactions on both sides of the escalating conflict. A new command position thrusts him into a confrontation that undermines his faith and worldview, leading to a dramatic conflict between his values and the actions of those closest to him.