Baltasar Kormákur Takes Thriller To Netflix

Netflix has announced Katla, an eight part disaster thriller set in Iceland developed by RVK Studios with Baltasar Kormákur on board to direct.

One year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, the peace and tranquility in the small town of Vik is disturbed. But, as people evacuate the area, the ice near the volcano starts to melt and the result is apocalyptic.

Mysterious elements, that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times, start to emerge from the melting ice and set in motion consequences that no one could ever have foreseen.

Baltasar Kormákur said: “It‘s an exciting challenge to embark on this journey on Katla with Netflix and we‘re honoured to be the first Icelandic production team to be commissioned to deliver a full series.”

“Katla is a unique and ambitious sci-fi project that has been in development within my company, RVK Studios for a few years and we‘re delighted that it now has been picked up by Netflix.”

Tesha Crawford, Director of Netflix Originals Northern Europe, added: “Iceland has been the home for so many series and films over the years. We are excited to be able to feature it’s breathtaking surroundings in a story that is so grounded in Icelandic themes. Working with such an acclaimed talent like Baltasar Kormákur makes this project a perfect set up for us.

Created by Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson, Katla will launch on Netflix worldwide though a premiere date has yet to be announced. Production will begin in 2020.