The TV adaptation of Jon Arretxe's novel saga brings both Spanish production companies together again after the “Ana Tramel. El juego” series.
“Detective Touré" is the only Spanish title chosen of the 330 projects from 56 countries submitted to participate in the next edition of Series Mania's Co-Pro Pitching Sessions.
At the event, production companies Tornasol Media and DeAPlaneta will have the chance to defend the project in pitching sessions to a panel of potential funders, producers, and distributors, as well as representatives of public and private funds.
There will be 15 finalist projects, in addition to one more that will appear out of competition as part of an agreement with Berlinale CoPro Series.
This is one of the most prestigious competitions in Europe, in which a professional jury chooses the winning project, which will receive a prize of 50,000 euros.
The Co-Pro Pitching Sessions, which will take place from March 22 to 24, are part of a new edition of the Series Mania Festival, which is returning to the in-person format—although with an important online component—from March 18 to 25 in the French city of Lille.
David Sañudo and Carlos Vila, co-screenwriters
Filmmaker David Pérez Sañudo, director, co-writer and producer of the multi-award-winning Spanish film “Ane,” wrote “Detective Touré” with writer Carlos Vila (“Los misterios de Laura”).
Jon Arretxe’s saga tackles issues such as immigration, prostitution, mafias, and racism. Although it counterbalances the most raw and dramatic situations with touches of humor and optimism, thanks to hilarious characters and situations.
Set in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, the series, like the six novels it is based on, follows Touré, an undocumented sub-Saharan African immigrant living in the Basque Country. Touré uses his gifts of wit and deduction to become the best detective in town.
The series is produced by Tornasol Media partner Mariela Besuievsky and Elena Bort of DeAPlaneta.
With “Detective Touré,” Tornasol and DeAPlaneta have renewed their partnership as co-producers after “Ana Tramel. El juego,” a series starring Maribel Verdú with support from ZDF Enterprises and RTVE, which premiered it on La 1 in September.
“When we read Jon Arretxe’s novels, we were fascinated by Touré’s charisma,” Elena Bort told Variety.
“We also felt that there is an appetite for light crime procedural series in the international market. So, this series combines all these elements: a genuine character, pure entertainment, and cultural diversity as a backdrop.”
“We are excited to present ‘Detective Touré,’ a unique, vibrant, and exciting take on immigration, a very relevant topic that rarely appears on television,” Besuievsky noted.
“We want to make the invisible visible by giving a voice to an intelligent and charismatic protagonist who manages to integrate into a culture that is the opposite of his own. The international audience will end up falling in love with his personality,” she added.