Documentary About Twin Korean Adoptees Gets Attention From ABC

Monica Luhar for NBC Asian America, Sept. 15, 2016

ABC is developing a new comedy loosely inspired by the documentary“Twinsters,” a spokesperson for ABC told NBC News Wednesday.

“Twinsters,” which was released in 2015, tells the journey of Los Angeles-based actress Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, two identical twins and Korean adoptees who were separated at birth. Bordier, who was raised by French parents and was then living in London, first became aware of Futerman after a friend spotted Futerman in a YouTube video in 2012. Bordier finally contacted Futerman in February 2013 after spotting her in a trailer for the film “21 & Over” and learning her name.

Sam Futerman and Anais Bordier in London at their first reunion, May 2013
Sam Futerman and Anais Bordier in London at their first reunion, May 2013 Ryan Miyamoto, Small Package Films

A spokesperson for ABC confirmed with NBC News the comedy series is in its early development stages, but was not able to discuss specific details of the project or deal.

According to Deadline, ABC’s take on “Twinsters” will be written and co-produced by Juliet Seniff and David Caspe and is described as “a completely fresh twist on an odd couple show that explores and celebrates the complex meaning of family and forming your own identity.”

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The “Twinsters” documentary, which Futerman co-directed with Ryan Miyamoto, made its world premiere at SXSW 2015. (Futerman had launched a successfulKickstarter campaign to support the documentary in 2013, and Futerman and Bordier released a book in 2014 chronicling their journey.)

Since its world premiere, “Twinsters” has been screened at various film festivals and movie theaters across the nation, as well as been made available on Netflix. “Twinsters” also aired on Freeform, which is owned by ABC Family Worldwide, this past May.

Attempts to reach Futerman and Bordier for comment were unsuccessful.

Sam Futerman & Anais Bordier in front of the London Eye, May 2013
Sam Futerman & Anais Bordier in front of the London Eye, May 2013 Ryan Miyamoto, Small Package Films

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Photo published for ABC Buys Comedy Based On ‘Twinsters’ Documentary From David Caspe

ABC Buys Comedy Based On ‘Twinsters’ Documentary From David Caspe

ABC has put in development single-camera comedy Twinsters, from writer Juliet Seniff.

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