Sky Arts has acquired the futuristic Norwegian thriller Occupied (Okkupert) after striking a deal with Zodiak Rights. The show is co-produced by Sweden’s Yellow Bird and GTV,in France, and will debut on its commissioning channels TV2 in Norway on October 4th and Arte in France in November. Sky Arts will follow in January 2016.
With a budget of 90 million crowns ($10.89 million), a cast of high profile Norwegian actors, and a story based on an idea by Jo Nesbø, expectations are high for the premiere of Occupied which starts October 4th on TV2.
After an environmental disaster in Norway, an environmental movement leads to the election of a Green Prime Minister. He stops oil and gas production in Norway, which results in an energy crisis in Europe. As a result the EU backs a Russian invasion of Norway in order to get the country to resume oil and gas production.
“Sky Arts audiences have come to expect the very best of foreign language drama on the channel and we’re thrilled that Jo Nesbø’s Occupied is going to get January off to a thrilling start,” said Sky Arts director Phil Edgar-Jones.