Simon Fuller (Idol) has bought the rights to produce an American version of Skam (Shame). It is planned to go into production in 2017.
2016 Gullruten winner Skam, which follows the everyday life of a group of friends at Hartvig Nissen High School in Oslo, has attracted a loyal following throughout the Nordic region since it premiered in Norway in autumn 2015, and recently won Best Digital Original at the C21 Drama Awards.
Fuller told NRK: “Shame has the potential to become an influential series in North America, where we do not have anything like this. It shows that Norway and Scandinavia are at the forefront of innovation and creativity, and I’m proud to be making Shame available to a much larger audience.”
Editorial Director of NRK P3, Hakon Moslet, responded: “It has been important for us to be confident that he can make a good version of Shame in the United States. We believe that Fuller is a man who understands the essence of the series (and) sees the series as something genuinely new.”
Skam will return to NRK P3 for season four in Spring 2017, but its protagonist has yet to be announced.