Turkey's Jason Bourne Will Take on Military Coup in Upcoming Blockbuster

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Turkish shoppers look at a poster of the film "Valley of Wolves - Iraq" as they enter a big shopping mall in Ankara February 1, 2005. Polat Alemdar is the hero of the Turkish action film that capitalises on a rise in anti-American sentiment in Turkey since the Iraq war - turning a spotlight on relations between the NATO allies. Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey's wildly popular political thriller drama, likened to Western action series such as James Bond and Jason Bourne, is going to take on the events of last month's coup in its next instalment, the company behind it announced on Twitter.

The failed coup saw a faction of the Turkish military attempt to topple the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in one of the most openly volatile situations in Turkish politics in over a decade.

The reasons for the coup remain a point of contention - the government has blamed ally-turned-foe cleric Fethullah Gulen, although he denies having the intention or means to do it.

The coup attempt and deaths of over 200 people on the streets of Ankara and Istanbul during clashes has triggered a huge crackdown on suspected accomplices across all state services. Now Turkey's Valley of the Wolves thriller series, which has captivated audiences on the small and silver screens since 2003, will be using these events as inspiration for the next film.

"In response to strong public demand to make a film or television series about the coup bid, our firm has taken the decision to make the film 'Valley of the Wolves: Coup'," announced Pana Film, the show's production company on Monday night.

Details about the plot have not yet emerged, however the show has long featured the exploits of Turkish secret service agent Polat Alemdar, a Jack Bauer or Jason Bourne to the Turkish television viewer.

Alemdar has frequently been sent on missions reflecting real life developments in Turkish domestic affairs, in plot arcs that have entertained many, but also been criticised for overly nationalistic themes and the vilification of the U.S., Israel and especially the Kurds.

Valley of the Wolves has previously touched upon the 2010 flotilla siege, the September 11 attacks, the war in Nagorno Karabakh, Turkey's fight against Kurdish militants and even the "parallel state" which the Turkish government accuses Gulen of forming within the country.

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