Producer Sergio Aguero (The Dry Land, Y Tu Mama Tambien) has teamed up with writer Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire), Amblin Television and ABC Studios to begin production on the pilot episode of Red Band Society which received a pilot commitment from FOX last November. Nagle has penned the script and will be producing along with Aguero.
Red Band Society is based on the Spanish series Polseres Vermelles created by Albert Espinosa for Spain’s TV3 .Set in a hospital, the hour long comedic soap centers around a group of seriously ill teenagers. Bound together because of their illness, the group become unlikely friends facing and sharing the challenges of having to fight the boredom of being cooped up in a hospital for such long periods of time.
Aguero, who brought the project to William Morris Endeavor will be executive producing along with executive produces Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank. Original series producers of Polseres Vermelles, brothers Carlos and Julio Fernandez are co-executive producing.
Polseres Vermelles, the original series continues to air on TV3 in Spain garnering better ratings in its second year than the first. “I was blown away by the humanity and the humor of the show — how realistic and life-inspiring it was,” Aguero told Variety last year when the project was first announced. “It’s funny but it’s realistic,” he added.
Aguero is also currently also working on another TV project at Universal TV. Aztec Warrior the film he executive produced in 2012 starring Luis Guzman, Eugenio Derbez, Nadine Velazquez and Terry Crews, set to be released by Pantelion Films later this year.