Hero Of The Seas Awaits Green Light From NRK

An epic drama based on Hero Of The Seas (En sjøens helt) by Jon Michelet, who died on Saturday, is in development for NRK with a budget of NOK 130-150 million. The series of novels has sold 800,000 copies so far and the sixth volume, Krigerens hjemkomst, will be published this autumn. If greenlit, season one will be an adaptation of the first volume in the series, Skogsmatrosen, where 18-year-old Halvor Skramstad joins the Norwegian merchant navy in December 1939, and

HBO Nordic Orders Sci-fi Original Beforeigners

The first HBO Nordic original project to be ordered from from Norway will be eight-part science fiction drama Beforeigners (Fremvandrerne), written by Lilyhammer co-creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin about travellers seeking refuge from another time. Two individuals appear in Oslo under mysterious circumstances, but are just the first of many to arrive from the past who seek refuge in our time. However, The main focus of the series takes place seven years later, as the community is transformed by the

State of Happiness Best Script At Canneseries

Norwegian period drama State of Happiness (Lykkeland), starring Pia Tjelta and Per Kjerstad, was presented with awards for Best Script and Best Score at the inaugural Canneseries drama festival on Wednesday, but was edged out by When Heroes Fly (Israel) for the accolade of Best Drama. It’s 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger and international oil companies have been test-drilling for years, but nothing has been found. They are in the process of leaving when, on Christmas Eve, a

Viaplay Finds Cold Courage From Pekka Hiltunen

MTG Studios has announced that eight-part international crime drama Cold Courage, adapted by David Joss Buckley (Hinterland) from the best-selling novel by Pekka Hiltunen, will premiere on streaming service Viaplay in 2019. Directed by Agneta Fagerström-Olsson (Wallander), Cold Courage follows two young Finnish women in London who are drawn inexorably together by the Studio – a clandestine group dedicated to bringing justice to those beyond the law. However, as the Studio's fight intensifies against exploitation, violence and corporate greed, can its

Bullets Wins Hearts Of Drama Buyers At Cannes

Variety reports that Finnish thriller Bullets, written by Pesonen Matti Laine (Bordertown) and Kirsi Vikman (Mother of Mine), was presented with the inaugural MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit Coup de Coeur Award on Sunday in Cannes. The MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit focuses on new trends and upcoming series in production, and provides buyers with a first look at six new high-end dramas, selected for their writing and production values, originality and worldwide appeal. Bullets follows two strong women. Mari Saari (Krista Kosonen) is a cop