January 18, 2020

Gal Gadot to Bring Israeli Series ‘Queens’ to U.S.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Gal Gadot onstage during the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

The crime drama “Queens” was the most-watched series of the year on Israel’s HOT when it launched in 2018. Now Gal Gadot and her husband and producing partner Yaron Versano plan to bring it to the U.S. under a deal between their Pilot Wave productions and Endemol Shine.

The Israeli version follows the women of a crime syndicate family who band together to stay alive after their husbands and fathers are murdered by rivals.

“We are so excited to celebrate these women through the ‘Queens’ story,” Gadot and Versano said in a statement. “These complex characters are captivating, delightfully funny and emotional. It is rare to find content that conveys characters in such a truthful way, while mirroring society. We are looking forward to bringing their story to the world and working with the Endemol Shine team on this project.”

“‘Queens’ is a complex piece about being female in our day in age, and all that goes with that from a family, career and relationship perspective,” said Sharon Levy, Endemol Shine North America’s president of unscripted and scripted television. “Watching these women make bold decisions, hilarious mistakes and learn to lean on one another set against a thriller backdrop, gives this show such a unique spirit that we all fell in love with it immediately. It’s gratifying to see a series that treats women with a deft complexity, showcasing that our differences are the strengths that unite us.”

The second season of “Queens” is in production now for debut in 2020, when we’ll see at least four projects starring Gadot. “Wonder Woman 1984” is coming out June 5, followed by “Death on the Nile” in October and “Red Notice” in November. Her Showtime miniseries about the life of actress Hedy Lamarr is also due sometime in 2020.