Roland Joffe’s ‘Mata Hari’ Series Tops Debut Slate at Palanquin (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 2/7/2019 | Patrick Frater
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A TV series about the WWI spy Mata Hari, directed by Roland Joffe, is one of two projects that adorn the debut slate of new production company Palanquin. Noir-thriller “Call Center” completes the initial line up.

Palanquin is jointly headed by producer Guy Louthan and Joffe (“The Killing Fields,” “The Mission”). The company will focus on producing Southeast Asian projects including India-based film and television projects.

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Joffe believes that that the true story of Mata Hari is more bizarre than the lurid reputation that she has since attracted as an exotic dancer and spy. To be produced by John Fitzgerald and Julian Grimmond (“The Amazing Race”), “Mata Hari” is structured as an eight-part series that charts the extraordinary life of Magritte, a Dutch girl who escaped an abusive childhood, fled to the Far East with a brilliant but manipulative adventurer who was more than twice her age, and was sucked into the world of espionage, before being executed.

“‘Mata Hari’ is a true story buried in myth. A fabulous untold story of female empowerment, and a gut-wrenching tale of love, loss, loneliness and above all courage,” Joffe said. He has already scouted locations for the series in Indonesia.

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“My version of the (Mata Hari) story goes into two things: what she was doing, and why it was taken by men, and seen as something it wasn’t. Mata Hari was a very smart woman. But I think she was not a spy,” Joffe told Variety. “She was proud to be a courtesan. And was not too proud to be described as a harlot, if necessary.”

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