The US remake of Mad Dogs, which is being developed by seasoned television producer Shawn Ryan, has reportedly landed at Amazon with a pilot order.
The original series aired four seasons on Sky1 and told the story of four friends who, while on holiday in Majorca, find themselves dragged into a world of corrupt cops, lies, deception and murder. The UK original was produced by Left Bank Pictures and starred Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren.
Shawn Ryan – the respected producer who has worked on such series as The Shield, The Unit, The Chicago Code and Last Resort – has been attached to a US version for the past couple of years. Ryan’s version would follow the basic plot of the original, with the Majorca setting shifting to Belize. Mad Dogs creator Cris Cole is also attached to the project and wrote the pilot script.
The US adaptation of Mad Dogs had originally been set up at FX as part of the network’s push into limited series, however, network execs passed over the project in favour of green-lighting Fargo last year. Instead, Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television will now produce a pilot for the project as part of Amazon’s third pilot season, Deadline reports.
Per Amazon’s MO, Mad Dogs will stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK and the US later this year alongside fellow new pilots Really, starring Jay Chandrasekhar and Sarah Chalke; Hand Of God, which is being toplined by Sons of Anarchys Ron Perlman; and The Cosmopolitan, which stars Endeavour’s Shaun Evans. The company will then use feedback from viewers to decide which pilots will go to series.