By Sahil Patel
Like its counterpart in the US, Hulu Japan is now in the original programming business, too.
The Nippon TV company, which was acquired by the Japanese broadcaster from Hulu in 2014, has acquired remake rights to the German drama “The Last Cop,” with plans to release the series on Hulu Japan later this summer.
The Japanese version will star Toshiaki Karasawa (“20th Century Boys”) as a detective who wakes up in 2015 after being in a coma for three decades.
“This is an important new phase for Hulu, providing our users with an even greater range of entertainment content,” said Kazufumi Nagasawa, chief content officer at HJ Holdings, which operates Hulu Japan, in a statement. “We are planning to premiere more foreign content on our service and we look forward to producing more original remakes of foreign shows and collaborating with the terrestrial broadcast business to maximize each show’s value. We are hoping entertainment fans will enjoy both the original and the brand-new remake.”
This is the first adaptation of “The Last Cop” outside of Europe. The series was originally produced by ITV Studios Germany for SAT.1. A French version, called “Falco,” was produced by Beaubourg Audiovisuel.
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The deal was done by Nippon TV and Red Arrow International, which handles distribution for the format, at MIPTV. As part of the deal, Hulu Japan is also airing the first season of the original German series beginning immediately.