Norway’s Fury created by the In’l Emmy winner Gjermund S. Eriksen is produced by Monster Scripted (Nobel), while Iceland’s Blackport is produced by Vesturport (Prisoners) for RUV.
The character-driven thriller series will be pitched on February 21st at the Berlinale Co-production Market, alongside six other premium TV dramas. The two Nordic shows are inspired by true events and anchored in today’s political reality, on a local and/or global level.
The Norwegian series Fury (8x50’) tells of two undercover detectives on the trail of a European network of right-wing extremists. Show-runner and creator Gjermund S. Eriksen of Mammon fame, has written the screenplay with Helena Nielsen.
The acclaimed director of The Wave and Tomb Raider Roar Uthaug (photo) is concept director. Monster Scripted producer Lasse Greve Alsos told nordicfilmandtvnews.com: “This is an important story about right wing extremists in Europe: History has taught us what we can lose if we don't deal with identity struggles and contrasting political beliefs. Fury is an odyssey into the hearts of darkness in Europe.” The producer said he expects to get a greenlight in the fall 2018.
The 8x45’ Icelandic show Blackport (Verbud) is written by the award-winning writer Mikael Torfason (nominated for the Nordic Council Literature prize for ‘The World’s Dumbest Dad’), with actors Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) and Gísli Örn Garðarsson (The Oath, Prisoners) sharing the directing credit.
The show focuses on a married couple: Harpa and Grimur, who along with their friends, build a small fishing empire in a rural village in the Westfjords of Iceland in the years 1983-1991, when the Icelandic fishing quotas were created. Soon money and the struggle for power start to corrupt the couple and their friends. Blackport was one of the hottest TV drama projects pitched during the last Scandinavian Screenings in Reykjavik. Vesturport producer Nana Alfredsdóttir said RUV has committed to participate in the development, financing and production of the series and will broadcast the series once finished. DR Sales handles world sales. Principal photography is scheduled for January 2019.
A Networking get-together co-organised by the Norwegian Film Institute, will be held at the CoPro Series at Berlin’s Zoo Palats on January 21st.