Applause Entertainment to develop Indian adaptation of BBC Studios’ ‘Luther’

MUMBAI: Aditya Birla Group-owned content studio Applause Entertainment has acquired the rights to develop and produce the Indian adaptation of BBC Studios’ crime thriller ‘Luther’. The announcement was made by BBC Studios on Day Zero of the Asia Pay-TV Operators Summit (APOS) in Indonesia.

The multi-award-winning series starring Idris Elba is one of BBC Studios’ top exports. The UK series has been sold to over 230 territories. This will be the second Asian version of Luther after the award-winning South Korean remake, Less Than Evil.

Prior to ‘Luther’, BBC Studios and Applause Entertainment have worked together on iconic BBC formats ‘The Office’ and ‘Criminal Justice’, of which the latter successfully premiered recently on Hotstar.

Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair said, “We have just produced and premiered an Indian version of Criminal Justice, which has been incredibly well received by the local audience. We at Applause are always on the lookout for premium dramas we can produce for Indian viewers and are proud to once again partner BBC Studios on Luther. The original Luther has a tremendous international following, and we believe that an Indian version will work very well in our region.”

BBC Studios SVP and GM of South and South East Asia Myleeta Aga commented, “We are pleased to work with Applause Entertainment to deliver high-end drama to our fans in India. Applause is known for its focus on creating premium drama, and we believe that they will be able to do the format justice. We look forward to its success.”