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Icelandic political drama heats up


Trapped was pre-bought in France, Denmark and Finland

One of the directors of Icelandic drama Trapped has come onboard Nordic producer Sagafilm and Red Arrow International’s timely adaptation of a best-selling book series.

Óskar Thór Axelsson will oversee Stella Blomkvist (6×45’/3×90′), which follows a hard-nosed lawyer who takes on mysterious murder cases and goes up against the country’s political elite.

The crime thriller is based on a series of books by an author who goes under the pseudonym Stella Blomkvist that have been published to critical acclaim in Germany, the Czech Republic and Iceland.

It was pitched yesterday at the Series Mania Coproduction Forum and the producers pointed to its relevance to the recent ‘Panama papers’ scandal that cost the Icelandic prime minister his job.

The series has so far been pre-bought by Icelandic broadcaster SkjárEinn and is in pre-production with Germany’s Red Arrow and Sagafilm, Kjartan Thor Thordarson, CEO of Sagafilm Nordic, confirmed to C21 here in Paris.

The two companies worked together recently to sell Sagafilm’s recent drama Case internationally.

public_enemyJóhann Ævar Grímsson, head of scripted development at Sagafilm, is the head writer alongside Nanna Kristin Magnusdottir and Andri Óttarsson, the former secretary-general of the Independence Party in Iceland and lead writer for Case.

The project comes as interest in Icelandic drama grows as a result of the series Trapped, which was pre-bought by DR1 in Denmark, YLE in Finland and France Télévisions.

It was later acquired by BBC4 in the UK and The Weinstein Company in the US.


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