HBO Europe Looks To Norwegian Wilderness

HBO Europe has ordered eight part Norwegian dramedy Wilderness (Utmark), written by Kim Fupz Aakeson (Cold Pursuit) with Dagur Kári (Virgin Mountain) on board to direct.

Wilderness follows an optimistic school teacher looking for a fresh start in a small Norwegian town that is home to a corrupt sheriff, an alcoholic shepherd, a nature-loving bootlegger, a God-hating pastor and a grieving pimp. Unfortunately, outsiders don’t always fare well here.

Commissioning editor, Hanne Palmquist, said: “Kim Fupz has created an original bunch of flawed yet wonderful characters living in a far-flung place where civilisation is a choice rather than a given,.. It is bold, at times totally hilarious – and human all the way,”.

EVP of Programming at HBO Europe, Antony Root, added: “The creative team perfectly reflects our ambition to work with the finest talent from the region on series that are authored, authentic and stand-out from the crowd.”

Wilderness begins filming in Norway this summer. Casting has yet to be announced.