Netflix Orders Chestnut Man From Killing Writer

Following the success of The Rain, Netflix has announced its second Danish original series, The Chestnut Man (Kastanjemanden) based on the debut novel by Søren Sveistrup, series writer for The Killing (Forbrydelsen).

In a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case along with her partner, Mark Hess, a burned-out investigator who has just been kicked out of Europol.

They discover a fingerprint on the chestnut man from the daughter of a politician who is presumed dead, but the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars. When another woman is found murdered, Thulin and Hess suspect that the cases are connected and fear that there could be more to come.

Author, Søren Sveistrup, said: “Netflix has shown a strong, genuine interest in my book and I’m excited about the deal and confident that Netflix will be the perfect place for The Chestnut Man.”

Director of Netflix Originals Northern Europe, Tesha Crawford, added: “After the success of The Rain, we are excited to announce our next Danish Original which will be building on the great tradition of Nordic Noir. We were instantly compelled by the strong story and Søren’s voice.”

The Chestnut Man is slated to begin production in Denmark next year and will be available to Netflix subscribers worldwide, although a launch date has yet to be announced.