US show ‘Suits’ set for Arabic adaptation

Meghan Markle filming US show ‘Suits.’
Updated 12 December 2017
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US show ‘Suits’ set for Arabic adaptation

JEDDAH: An Arabic-language version of the popular American TV series “Suits” will be produced by Egypt-based TVision Media Production, according to reports.
The announcement was made by TVision CEO Tarek Ganainy at the Dubai International Film Festival. Ganainy has purchased remake rights to the “Suits” format from NBCUniversal International.
“Suits,” first aired on USA Network in 2011, has lately been in the news because of its star, Meghan Markle’s engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry in November.
The show is centered around a bright college drop-out who finds himself working as an attorney at a New York law firm despite having never attended law school.
Ganainy told Variety that the localized Arabic-version will be set in Cairo, with filming set to begin in June following months of “trials and errors” with the screenplays. The head writer is Egyptian independent film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy.
Casting has not been finalized, and the show is currently being shopped around to broadcasters in the region.
Ganainy said the Arabic-version of “Suits” will be “an adaption, not a translation,” which must “feel that it’s an Arabic show.”
The production house is best known in the Middle East for “Saturday Night Live Arabia,” the Arabic version of “Saturday Night Live.”
The Arabic adaptation of “Suits” is the second foreign adaptation currently announced, with a Korean remake of the series expected to air in 2018.


Python selfie puts Indian forest ranger in tight spot

Updated 18 June 2018
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Python selfie puts Indian forest ranger in tight spot

  • The Indian rock python is a non-venomous species, but it can quickly kill its prey by constricting blood flow

KOLKATA: An India forestry ranger found himself in a bind after a python briefly strangled him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake.
Wildlife officer Sanjay Dutta was called in Sunday by frantic villagers in West Bengal after they saw the 40-kilogramme (88-pound) python swallowing a goat alive.
Instead of placing it safely inside a bag, the ranger wrapped it around his neck and posed for pictures with stunned villagers.
But panic spread as the huge snake wound itself around Dutta’s neck, forcing him to struggle to free himself from its vice-like grip.
He escaped unscathed, but a little red-faced.
The Indian rock python is a non-venomous species, but it can quickly kill its prey by constricting blood flow and can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet) long.
West Bengal’s forest department has launched an official inquiry into the ranger’s conduct and flouting of safety protocols.
But Dutta said he only wanted to save the reptile from the villagers who were readying to club it to death with sticks.
“My first instinct was to rescue the snake. I carried it on my shoulders and held its mouth firmly,” Dutta told AFP.
“I was not scared for even a moment (when the python tightened its grip) because had I panicked, it could have been fatal.”
Dutta said he did not have a bag to carry the snake, which he transported to a safe location in his car and released into the wild.