Starlings Television President Chris Philip and Starlings Entertainment CEO Karine Martin will team with global Korean action superstar Don Lee (Marvel’s Eternals, Train to Busan) and his producing partner, B&C CONTENT’s Chris S. Lee, to develop The Club (based on the hit South Korean format Trap). Lee will star in the series from writer-showrunner Jack LoGiudice (Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Narcos).
Philip and Martin, who will serve as executive producers of the series, picked up the format for Starlings Television and attached Don Lee, Chris S. Lee and LoGiudice.
Lee, better known in Asia as Ma Dong-Seok, stars in the series as a veteran detective investigating a mysterious group of hunters who have attacked a famous news anchor and his family while on a camping trip. The detective, who lost his own son in a hit-and-run, finds himself mired in a twisted mystery orchestrated by an elite and powerful group with disturbing appetites. He will slowly learn that, in this case, nothing is as it seems and there are killers hiding in plain sight.
Philip said, "The Club will bring U.S. and global audiences a premium, serialized drama series showcasing one of the high-profile stars of this year’s most highly anticipated superhero films. Korean drama is delightfully shocking and our team will ensure this adaptation delivers the authenticity.”
Chris S. Lee, CEO of management/production company B&C CONTENT and Don Lee’s partner in Gorilla 8 Productions, commented, “This adaptation of The Club will provide a nuanced, fresh take on the original Korean format for a global audience. With partners like Starlings and Jack LoGuidice, we’re excited to forge the path to creating more meaningful, cross-cultural storytelling opportunities.”
The Club joins a fast-growing global production slate at Starlings TV, which includes second-season renewal orders for Peacock’s Departure and The CW’s Pandora; the murder mystery Sherlock’s Daughter and a roster of TV movies starting with the thriller The Admirer, starring Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones, Strike Back), that are distributed by Paris-based Mediawan; the futuristic, female-driven drama series Veil with partners Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group, Herbert Kloiber’s Night Train Media and Canada’s Mediabiz International; Alexander the Great, a collaboration with Ben Silverman/Propagate, IP-owner G5 Fiction, led by multi-award-winning producer Uwe Kersken, ZDF Enterprises and Antenna, with a pilot and bible from writer/showrunner Michael Hirst, the creator of Vikings and The Tudors; and Romanovs spy thriller Red Winter, written by Stephen Kronish (24, The Kennedys) with Russia’s top broadcaster, Russia 1, G5 Fiction and ZDF Enterprises.
Eccho Rights distributes the CJ ENM-owned format of the original seven hour-long episodes of the Korean drama Trap, produced by Film Monster for Korea’s OCN in 2019.