NBC Adapts “The Slap” Mini-Series

NBC is closing a deal with Universal Television and Matchbox Pictures for an American adaptation of last year’s multiple award-winning Australian miniseries “The Slap”.

Based on the 2008 novel by Christos Tsiolkas, the story deals with the repercussions that follow when, at a suburban family gathering, a man physically slaps a child unrelated to him.

Melissa George, Jonathan LaPaglia and Sophie Okonedo starred in the eight episode series in which each episode focuses on a different person who attended the barbecue.

“Brothers & Sisters” creator Jon Robin Baitz will pen the U.S. adaptation.