AMC has handed out a 10 episode straight-to-series order to Broke, a U.S. adaptation of Danish series Bankerot which hails from Dexter scribe Clyde Phillips and is set up at AMC Studios and Lionsgate Television. Production is expected to commence later this year for a 2016 premiere
Broke follows two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant together. One is a brilliant chef in trouble with the Mob and the law, and the other is the best sommelier in the city who is the widowed father of a teenage son. Clyde Phillips is penning the script and will executive produce through his Clyde Phillips Productions banner. Henrik Ruben Genz, Malene Blenkov and Piv Bernth also serve as executive producers.
This marks the second Danish adaptation for AMC, who previously picked up an adaptation of The Killing (AKA Forbrydelsen). That series, from Veena Sud and Fox Television Studios, starred Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman and aired three seasons on the network, before airing a six episode final season on Netflix after it was cancelled (for a second time) by AMC.
“Clyde Phillips is a supremely talented creator we’ve known and admired for years,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “Through his work on Dexter and Nurse Jackie, Clyde has repeatedly demonstrated his skill for crafting complex, flawed, yet irresistible characters, and we’re looking forward to him bringing his continued brilliance to Broke”.
“We have had the great fortune to work with both Clyde Phillips and AMC for many years and we’re delighted the stars have aligned to bring us together on Broke”, commented Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group. “Clyde is a master storyteller with a fascinating take on the series’ original characters and their unexpected relationships, and we’re excited to be moving forward.”
While Clyde Phillips added: “Broke is unique, edgy and sexy. I can’t wait to jump in and help it evolve into a groundbreaking bit of television. More than that, I’m looking forward to continuing what’s been a remarkable partnership with Lionsgate, and starting out on an exciting new adventure with AMC.”