Fox orders adaptation of Argentinian mob drama The Cleaning Lady
Deadline has brought word that Fox is partnering up with The 100 scribe Miranda Kwok and Stargirl executive producer Melissa Carter to adapt the Argentinian mob drama The Cleaning Lady for American audiences.
Based on the series of the same name created by Irene Gissara and Lucas Combina, the drama follows a young Filipina doctor who ventures to the U.S. for a special medical treatment to save her son, but when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she must use her wits and intelligence to fight back. After reaching rock bottom, she enters a morally grey world as she cleans crime scenes for the Russian mob and eventually forges her own path to power, becoming an unexpected yet formidable player in the criminal underground.
Kwok, who is currently a supervising producer on The CW’s hit post-apocalyptic series The 100 and is also known for her work on Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand, is set to write the pilot for the American adaptation of the series while also executive producing.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to tell a story that’s so relevant today,” Kwok said in a statement. “There are so many highly educated immigrants who move to the U.S. but are unable to pursue their professional vocations as doctors, lawyers, or engineers and end up working as cab drivers, domestic workers or security guards – if they’re employed at all. I think it’s important to share some of these stories so we can better understand the plight of those who are pushed into the shadows and marginalized. What drew me to this format is that it’s a story of empowerment, resilience and the human spirit, all told from the perspective of an unlikely and complex hero.”
In addition to Kwok, the series will be executive produced by Stargirl‘s Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) through her banner Amore & Vita Productions and Warner Bros. Television.