At Cannes this weekend, FilmFyn announced that it was on board as a finance partner with Marlowfilm to develop Carsten Jensen’s bestselling novel We, The Drowned (Vi, de druknede) into an eight-part English-language television series.
Set in 1848, the story is of a motley crew of Danish sailors who set sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return – and those who do will never be the same. Among them is daredevil Laurids Madsen, who promptly escapes again to anonymity of the high seas.
Spanning four generations, two world wars and a hundred years, We, The Drowned is an epic tale of adventure, ruthlessness and passion.
Although the series will be filmed in English, producers Deborah Bayer Marlow and Mikael Windelin are keen to give the production a Scandinavian touch, and particularly a Danish tone, with much of the filming set to take place on the island of Ærø, the home of the novel’s protagonists.