Digital streaming powerhouse Netflix is bringing localized adaptations of Studio Lambert’s and Motion Content Group’s social media competition series The Circle to audiences in France and Brazil, realscreen has confirmed.
The announcement follows news in October that the streamer has acquired the international rights to Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group’s format. At the time, it was revealed that Netflix would be bringing localized versions of the format to the U.S. and two unnamed countries.
Netflix’s three versions of The Circle will now feature contestants from the U.S., France and Brazil.
All three versions of the series will be filmed out of the London-based apartment block where Studio Lambert filmed its British series, originally produced for UK pubcaster Channel 4. The UK studio will work with unnamed local production outfits on the adaptations.
The Circle features individuals from various backgrounds as they compete in a popularity contest to win a cash prize while asking a host of provocative questions about modern identity, how we portray ourselves and how we communicate via social media.
Contestants live in separate apartments in a single building and do not meet face-to-face during the competition, interacting with one another exclusively through a voice-activated social media platform. The contestants will get to know one another only through what they choose to reveal, presenting either truthful or fictional versions of themselves.
The players will rate each other frequently with unpopular players getting “blocked.” Forging alliances and private allegiances, the most popular player wins a cash prize.