Zelensky’s TV show will be remade in Poland
Broadcaster Polsat has ordered a local remake of the comedy series « Servant of the People »
Poland has ordered a local-language remake of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s hit TV series « Servant of the People, » The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Thursday.
The show, which will be shown in Poland under the title « Sluga Narodu », was commissioned by the Polsat channel and would follow the same plot as the original series, which tells the story of a high school history teacher who becomes president unexpectedly after his anti-corruption speech goes viral on social media.
« It’s an extremely powerful script – a comedy, but one that spoke so deeply to the Ukrainian people that it changed the course of the political history of this country, and subsequently of the world. Naturally, we look forward to see what the future holds for the Polish version », said Berkin Nalbantlı, director of sales and acquisitions for Swedish television group Eccho Rights, which owns the international rights to the show.
The Ukrainian version of « Servant of the People », which starred Vladimir Zelensky and ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2019, plus a feature film, was a huge hit in its home country. It became an example of life imitating art, launching a political career for Zelensky, who formed a political party named after the show and won Ukraine’s 2019 presidential election.
After Russia launched its military offensive in Ukraine, Zelensky found himself in the global spotlight, as did his comedy series, which has since become available in a number of countries and on major streaming platforms, including Netflix.
Eccho Rights described the show, originally created and produced by Zelensky himself, as « a historic piece of television » and « an important document on the origin of Zelensky. »