In a press conference at Film i Väst in Cannes, Zentropa announced that Christoffer Boe (The Candidate) will direct The Purity Of Vengeance, its fourth and final film based on the Department Q series of books by Jussi Adler-Olsen.
The story begins with a group of construction workers who make a terrifying discovery in an old Copenhagen apartment: behind a fake wall they find three mummified corpses sitting around a dinner table with one open seat.
Detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Assad (Fares Fares) investigate the apartment’s owner and find clues leading back to the infamous women’s institution on the island of Sprogø, where neglect and medicinal experiments of forced sterilisation were a common part of every day life for the so-called immoral girls placed there.
The horrors of Sprogø are thought to be a closed chapter in Danish history, but there are those who say the experiments still go on, and Carl and Assad find themselves in a race against time to prevent yet more murders and assaults.
The Purity Of Vengeance has a budget of EUR 5.2m and filming is set for the beginning of next year, with its Danish premiere slated for Autumn 2018. The franchise will then be taken over by Nordisk Film, with up to six more films to be produced.