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Disney+ Hotstar reveals plans for Indian adaptation of Irish drama series Blood
28 Mar 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Adrian Dunbar in Blood.
Disney+ Hotstar is set to create the Indian adaptation of the IFTA-winning Irish thriller-mystery series Blood, in association with All3Media International.

Helmed by Gurmmeet Singh as the showrunner, and directed by Mihir Desai, the show will be produced by Dreamers & Doers Co, a premium content studio owned by Reliance Entertainment.  Blood, is an Indian rendition of the award-winning Irish show of the same name, created by Sophie Petzal.

After the tremendous success of Rudra-The Edge of Darkness, Gaurav Banerjee, Head, Content, Disney+ Hotstar, and HSM Entertainment Network, Disney Star, said: “We are elated to announce the Indian adaptation of award-winning drama Blood, thereby, further strengthening our thriller offerings. The demand for entertainment is rapidly evolving, and viewers’ want for new-fangled content is expanding. On our journey to engage with millions of viewers, we are delighted to be able to collaborate with the most prolific creative minds at All3Media International to present stories that defy narratives to satiate our viewer’s appetite for unparalleled entertainment experience.”

The original series, which starred BAFTA-nominated actor Adrian Dunbar, was written by Sophie Petzal (Red Rock, The Last Kingdom, Riviera) and produced by Jonathan Fisher (Midsomer Murders, Lewis). Commissioned by Virgin Media Television, Blood has become one of Ireland’s most successful drama exports, selling in over 65 territories around the world and receiving critical acclaim from The Guardian and Time Magazine.

Having won the Best Drama award at the 2020 IFTA Film & Drama Awards, the series garnered some major international interested with all3media International (the shows international distributor) signing deals with Acorn Media Enterprises (US) to broadcast the programme in the USA & Canada, while in the UK, Channel 5 and Virgin Media UK also acquired broadcasting rights.  

Sharing the excitement, All3Media International’s EVP APAC Sabrina Duguet added: “We are delighted to bring an Indian version of this fantastic drama that will join the growing roster of original content produced exclusively for Disney+ Hotstar. Sophie Petzal’s impeccable writing skillfully draws viewers into the story with its universally relevant themes and innovative take on the thriller-mystery genre, making Blood perfect for Indian adaptation, and we look forward to this gripping story about family, grief and truth arriving in India.”

CEO of Dreamers & Doers Co. Namit Sharma said: “We believe in the power of stories that travel and are constantly looking for great subjects that we can bring to the Indian market. Blood is a quintessential universal story - where fractured family dynamics come out to play with the matriarch’s death as a trigger. We have had a great relationship with All3Media International as we have adapted the series for the Indian market - their support in letting us make this version our own, has been enormous. Our showrunner Gurmmeet Singh and director Mihir Desai have crafted the series with passion and care and we couldn’t be more proud of this fact. Dark, delicious and deceptive - Blood is a family drama like no other.

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