Alaska is the Jewish state instead of Israel in a television series that is being developed by married Jewish authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.
The series will be based on Chabon’s 2007 book The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Deadline Hollywood first reported.
In the book, the Jews lose the War for Independence in 1948 and instead set up a Jewish homeland in the Alaskan panhandle. It follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman, a divorced alcoholic, as he solves the mysterious murder of an Orthodox Jewish crime boss who also is considered the potential Messiah.
Chabon and Waldman are the executive producers. It is a co-production of CBS-TV Studios, PatMa and Israel’s Keshet Studios. No release date has been announced.
Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. He also is the author of Wonder Boys(1995), Telegraph Avenue (2012) and Moonglow: A Novel (2016).
Waldman has written novels including Love and Other Possible Pursuits, Bad Mother and Motherlove, as well as The Mommy-Track Mysteries series.
Chabon and Waldman have been critical of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. In 2016, they led a group of writers on a tour of the West Bank and published the subsequent essay collection A Kingdom of Olives and Ash, which was critical of Israeli policy.