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HBO Puts in Series Order for ‘Euphoria,’ Based on Israeli Format

‘Wizard of Lies’ writer Sam Levinson is adapting the teen drama, described as ‘Kids’ meets ‘Trainspotting’ for the U.S.

HBO has put in a series order for Euphoria, a teen drama adapted from the 2012 Israeli series of the same name.

Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, confirmed that HBO has given the go-ahead for the series, which follows a group of high-school students as they attempt to cope with drugs, sex and violence in an effort to make sense of an uncertain future.

“We gave the greenlight (for the series) on Friday,” Bloys told the audience at the INTV conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Sam Levinson, a writer on HBO’s Wizard of Lies, is adapting the show for the U.S. The original 10-episode series was created by Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin and Tmira Yardeni. Leshem, writer of the Oscar-nominated Beaufort, penned the series, which Levin directed.

Teddy Productions produced the original series, which aired on Israeli cable network HOT3. The Israeli Euphoria was based on the true story of a teenager who was murdered outside a club. The series chronicles the lives of the teens from the club a year after the tragedy and the paths they take to cope and escape their reality.

Speaking at INTV, Francesca Orsi, SVP of Drama at HBO, called the series “Kids meets Trainspotting. And what might exist when parents don’t exist.”

The HBO adaptation is co-executive produced by Levinson and executive produced by Leshem, Levin and Yardeni, as well as Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokadi and Gary Lennon.

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