January 21, 2019

‘Yiddish Policeman’s Union’ to Become TV Series

Michael Chabon’s 2007 “Yiddish Policeman’s Union” is being adapted for TV by Chabon and his author wife, Ayelet Waldman, for PatMa Productions, Keshet Studios and CBS TV Studios. The story is a murder mystery/political thriller set in an alternative universe in which Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis established a settlement in Sitka, Alaska, and the State of Israel doesn’t exist.

The main character is homicide detective Meyer Landsman, who is investigating the murder of Mendel Shpilman, son of an organized crime boss and rabbi, who many believed was destined to be the next messiah.

No casting or network has been set, but the producers are taking the project to premium cable and streaming channels first.