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Peter Berg To Write & Direct Pilot 'M.I.C.E.,' A Remake Of Israeli Show 'The Gordin Cell'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist September 18, 2012 at 4:50PM

Well, when he's not berating Israeli journalists and accusing them of draft dodging, Peter Berg seems to be a fan of their television programs as the "Friday Night Lights" creative is headed back to the small screen for the curiously titled "M.I.C.E."
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Peter Berg Gordin Cell

Well, when he's not berating Israeli journalists and accusing them of draft dodging, Peter Berg seems to be a fan of their television programs as the "Friday Night Lights" creative is headed back to the small screen for the curiously titled "M.I.C.E."

Standing for Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego (also known as the Republican platform, ZING!), the show is remake of "The Gordin Cell" and will find Berg writing and directing the pilot, in addition to producing as well. And we'll let Deadline break down the specifics of what it's all about: Gordin Cell revolves around the Gordin family and centers on Israeli-born Eyal Gordin, a decorated Israeli Air Force officer in a high-security post who loves his country and family. His parents Michael and Diana, Grandmother Nina and elder sister Natalia emigrated from the USSR in 1990. Eyal has no idea that his parents were Russian spies. When Miki and Diana’s former handler appears one day, demanding that they recruit their son into espionage activity (watch the scene below with English subtitles), Eyal faces an impossible dilemma: his cooperation with Russian intelligence determines his family’s fate, while his dedication to Israel’s homeland security tests his family allegiance.  His country, or his family… who will he choose to betray?

The redo will transplant the setting to the United States, with Berg teasing “There are still real issues between the U.S. and Russia — they’re spying on us, we’re spying on them.” Of course, the question of when he'll actually get to this remains to be seen.

Berg wants to be heavily involved in the first season of the show, working with the writers and producers, who are all apparently fans of "Homeland" which may indicate the tone and direction this one might be taking. That being said, he's currently gearing up to shoot "Lone Surivor" with Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana and Ben Foster, so he'll be busy for a while yet. He's also attached to a couple other projects as well including the drama "Father's Day" as well as the long talked about "Friday Night Lights" movie. But Berg tends to wear a few hats at once, so this one we'd guess won't be too far away on his desk. But until it emerges, here's the credit sequence for "The Gordin Cell" to get a bit of a taste.

This article is related to: Peter Berg, M.I.C.E., Television, TV News


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