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Filmax’s cancer drama being remade in Italy

red_band_society2_1Spanish producer and distributor Filmax has inked a deal with Rai for a local version of its drama series The Red Band Society.

The scripted format deal paves the way for an Italian version of the series, about a group of children with cancer, to air on the Italian pubic broadcaster’s Rai1 channel.

Production has started on the new version and it will go out under the title Braccialetti Rossi. It is being made by Italian producer Palomar and Rai Fiction.

In Spain the series has been a big hit for TV3 and Antena 3 and the second season debuted in January.

Filmax inked a deal with US network ABC for a US version in 2011, but it has not been taken to series.