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Buccaneer, RVK retell Iceland mystery

UK producer Buccaneer Media has signed an agreement with TV and film director Baltasar Kormákur and his production company RVK Studios (Trapped) to create an English-language drama.

Baltasar Kormákur

The Reykjavik Confessions will be based on one of Iceland’s most mysterious murder investigations and is written by John Brownlow (The Miniaturist, Fleming).

The show is based on the controversial 1974 case where two men vanished on the barren outskirts of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, 10 months apart. Their disappearances triggered a double murder investigation led by specialist police who were flown in.

Executive producers are Kormákur; Tony Wood and Nicola Larder, who both worked on Buccaneer’s ITV drama Marcella; Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson for RVK Studios; and investigative journalist Simon Cox.

Tony Wood

Wood, CEO of Buccaneer, said: “The Reykjavik Confessions is set against a backdrop of generational divides and turbulent times. It’s wonderful to be collaborating with Baltasar and John to bring this astonishing true crime story to an international audience.”

Kormákur added: “This true story has been an integral part of Icelandic life for over 40 years. After they had been set free from jail I got to know some of those convicted and hear their side of the story. They still protest their innocence and I feel it’s our duty to bring this complicated murder mystery to life.”

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