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HBO To Remake French Brothel Series 'Maison Close'; Watch Bonello's 'House of Pleasures' First

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 9, 2012 at 1:06PM

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake.
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Canal Plus' "Maison Close"
Canal Plus' "Maison Close"

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake, reports Variety.

Elizabeth Sarnoff ("Deadwood," "Lost") will pen the pilot script for the show, which follows three Parisian prostitues trying to extricate themselves from a high-end brothel.

The French "Maison Close," now in production on its second season, is a hit on Canal Plus, and producer Jacques Ouaniche will serve as an advisor and co-executive producer on the new HBO version. Ouaniche says that the English-language reboot will still be set in Paris, but will star American actors.

A teaser trailer for the original series is below. The bodice-ripping drama, which would "make fans of '50 Shades of Grey' blush," looks like it would be right at home on HBO.

For a big screen French brothel drama, check out Bertrand Bonello's excellent 2011 film, "House of Pleasures."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.