Netflix’s ‘Flinch’ gets Russian remake after CTC deals with SPT & Stellify

Flinch (Russia)

Netflix series Flinch is getting remade in Russia by local broadcaster CTC, after striking a deal via the format’s Belfast-based creator.

The Russian version will be known as Не Дрогни / Ne Drogn (Don’t Flinch!) and is based on the original format from Stellify Media, which is sold by Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

CTC’s show has been developed in association with SPT and is produced by the studio’s Russian production company Lean-M. It will continue with a barn setting with Mikhail Galustyan, Artur Babich and Valya Karnaval hosting the local version.

The show was set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland where contestants gathered to test their nerve against three fiendish games. If they flinched, there were hilariously painful consequences both for them, and for the hosts, who had each chosen a player to represent them in the games.

Netflix’s original 10-episode series ran for one season and was hosted by comedians Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffiths and Seann Walsh, debuting on the streamer in 2019.

Kieran Doherty, joint MD of Stellify, said: “Delighted to see the extension of the format reach Russia. They seem to have taken it further with some hilariously painful consequences.”

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