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Passage Pictures Sets ‘My Eyes’ Series From Hot Israeli Duo Amir & Savyon; Will Also Remake Smash Feature ‘Maktub’

Exclusive: Marjorie Prime producer Uri Singer's Passage Pictures is embarking on its first TV series with action thriller My Eyes (Ayuni). From creators Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, the story will examine the complexity of the Middle East conflict through the eyes of a desperate American father who is searching for his missing daughter. The series will be shot in English with some Hebrew and Arabic. Savyon and Amir form a hot duo with vast television experience. They are…
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Passage Pictures Sets ‘My Eyes’ Series From Hot Israeli Duo Amir & Savyon; Will Also Remake Smash Feature ‘Maktub’

Passage Pictures Sets ‘My Eyes’ Series From Hot Israeli Duo Amir & Savyon; Will Also Remake Smash Feature ‘Maktub’
Exclusive: Marjorie Prime producer Uri Singer's Passage Pictures is embarking on its first TV series with action thriller My Eyes (Ayuni). From creators Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, the story will examine the complexity of the Middle East conflict through the eyes of a desperate American father who is searching for his missing daughter. The series will be shot in English with some Hebrew and Arabic. Savyon and Amir form a hot duo with vast television experience. They are…
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Film Review: ‘Maktub’

Film Review: ‘Maktub’
Successful Israeli TV duo Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon jump to the big screen with sparkling results in “Maktub,” a very funny and warmhearted comedy about two goodfellas who are jolted out of bad-guy work and into that of guardian angels. Oded Raz nimbly directs their clever script, whose array of colorful characters elicit sharp work from an excellent cast. Combining darker elements (including some jarring violence) with goofy and sentimental ones, this is a mainstream comedy with significant export as well as remake potential.

Steve (Savyon) and Chuma (Amir) are introduced flaunting their know-how as gourmands at a Jerusalem restaurant whose owner nervously awaits their approval. But their business isn’t strictly gastronomical: They are collectors of protection money for mobster Kaslassy (Itzik Cohen). When the joint’s new chef announces he’ll no longer pay such blood money, our protagonists doff their napkins and beat him to a bloody pulp. Later, feeling peckish,
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Podtalk: ‘Maktub’ Premieres at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival on Oct. 15, 2017

Chicago – The world comes to Chicago for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, and screenwriters/lead actors Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon has brought their new film “Maktub” for screening on Sunday night, October 15th, 2017 (8pm). The unique comedy is the first film for the Israeli television hitmakers.

Festival Men (L-r): Producer Adar Shafran, Writer/Actors Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

Amir and Sayron wrote the film and play the leads, two small-time enforcers for a Jerusalem mob protection racket, who find their lives in flux when they survive a terrorist suicide bomb. They readjust, and go to the Wailing Wall, where they begin to fulfill the wishes of those who traditionally leave notes at the shrine. The two writer/actors have created some hugely popular TV shows in Israel, including “Scarred,” “Asfur” and “Ma Bakarish.”

In the following Podtalk HollywoodChicago.com
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Jerusalem: 'Ptzuim BaRosh' stars to hit big screen with 'Maktub'

Jerusalem: 'Ptzuim BaRosh' stars to hit big screen with 'Maktub'
Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir are best known for creating and starring in Israeli TV shows Asfur [pictured] and Ptzuim BaRosh.

Israeli TV stars Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir unveiled first images from their big-screen debut Maktub at Pitch Point on Sunday.

The pair — known as the creators and stars of popular shows such as Asfur and Ptzuim BaRosh (Scarred) — joined forces with childhood friend and director Oded Raz.

It is the second feature for Raz after The Journey To Astra, which was spun out of children’s TV series Galis.

In Maktub, Savyon and Amir play two mobster debt collectors who turn to philanthropy after they survive a terror attack. The trio unveiled a sneak preview of the Jerusalem-based caper.

An English-language remake of Asfur, about four men living on a farm, is soon to air on Us network Fox as Hard Up.

Former Warner Bros executive John Wells acquired the remake rights in 2011. Adar Shafran of Firma
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Fox Buys Male Buddy Comedy Based On Israeli Format With John Wells Producing

Exclusive: Fox has bought Hard Up, a single-camera comedy project executive produced by John Wells. Based on the Israeli series Asfur created by Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir, Hard Up is a comedy about four twentysomething, cash-strapped close friends willing to do anything for each other — especially if it means breaking the rules as they fight against the odds to keep their home in a gentrifying neighborhood. The Fox version, which has received a script commitment, will be written by Etan Frankel (Shameless). The original series, produced by Sumayoko, airs on Israeli network Hot with Shameless. Because of the two shows’ compatibility on Hot, CAA — which reps Add, the company that has foreign distribution rights to Asfur – took the format to Wells, who co-created the U.S. version of Shameless, and the series’ writer Frankel. Wells and Frankel will executive produce Hard Up with Savyon & Amir, Mark Mylod (pilot only) and Andrew Stearn,
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