“Mystery,” “Calls,” “Sunshine” Series Acquired

Acorn TV has picked up the U.S. rights to “Mystery Road,” the six-episode series spin-off to Ivan Sen’s iconic Australian murder mystery thriller of the same name and its sequel “Goldstone”. Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis play an Aboriginal detective and a local cop respectively investigating the mysterious disappearance of two young men from a remote Australian Outback town.

Next up, Apple has handed out a series order for an English-language adaptation of the French short-form series “Calls” from Canal+ who will co-produce the remake. Created by Timothee Hochet, the original was a series of short stories unfolding through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the first season of the French original.

Finally, Netflix has licensed the Korean original drama series “Mr. Sunshine” from creators Kim Eun-sook and Lee Eung-bok, with plans for a worldwide premiere next month. Set in Shinmiyangyo in the late 19th century, the story follows a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a US marine officer (Lee Byung-hun).

The 24-episode series will premiere exclusively on Netflix starting July 7th with episodes streaming on the same day of its Korean broadcast in the U.S. and Asian territories excluding Korea. The series will then premiere in Japan on July 8 and the rest of the world on July 19th.

Source: Variety, Deadline