Viaplay has announced six-part psychological thriller End of Summer (Slutet på sommaren), adapted by Björn Carlström (Jägarna) and Stefan Thunberg (Wallander) from the acclaimed novel by Anders de la Motte.
On a summer’s evening in 1984, a five-year-old boy vanishes in rural southern Sweden. The police investigation fails to find the truth, leaving behind rumours, suspicion and a grieving family. Twenty years later, the boy’s older sister Vera is leading a group therapy session in Stockholm, when a young man describes a strangely familiar childhood memory of a disappearance. A shaken Vera travels home to her fractured family to uncover, once and for all, what really happened in the summer that never ended.
Anders de la Motte said: “It’s incredibly exciting that End of Summer will become a TV series. I’ve worked on this with Harmonica Films for a long time, and with Viaplay we’ve now made it happen. End of Summer is my first book to be filmed, and for personal reasons the story is very close to my heart. I’ve read the script and seen the cast list, and I’m very confident that this will be something really special.”
Viaplay Chief Content Officer, Filippa Wallestam, added: “Anders de la Motte’s novels have thrilled readers in more than 30 countries – and his compelling blend of suspense, psychology and character development will translate beautifully to the screen. The talents on both sides of the camera for this project are exceptional.”
End of Summer, directed by Jens Jonsson (Young Wallander) and Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge), will soon begin filming around Helsingborg in Sweden and is slated to premiere across the Nordic region on Viaplay in 2023.