TV series in progress
Back in 2010 the Norwegian production company 4 1/2 bought the film rights to all the Henning Juul novels. Now, right after the fifth and final novel has been released in Norway, the TV company TV3 has struck a deal with 4 1/2 to make a TV series of Henning’s ordeal.
«A quality drama does something for the whole network, and we have great ambitions. It’s also a challenge to meet the demands from the viewers who have grown accustomed to international quality and standards, but that gives us something to reach for,» Lars Ove Vartdal, Head of Department at MTG TV/TV3, says to Aftenposten.
Vartdal thinks it is a huge advantage that the book series already have a wide audience. Thomas Enger’s novels have been translated into 26 languages, and he has sold well over half a million copies world wide.
Producer Karin Julsrud in 4 1/2 is excited:
«It’s not just a murder case like the traditional crime series. There’s also a personal project that moves the story forward. I think we can make a TV series that stands out,» she says.
These days Julsrud is busy trying to get the funds in order to make the series happen. The plan is to start shooting in the spring or summer 2016. Julsrud is adamant that no contracts with any actors have been signed yet, but Kristoffer Joner – known for his roles in Bølgen (The Wave), The Revenant, Kongen av Bastøy og Babycall, to name but a few – is involved in the project.
«Kristoffer’s sensitivity and ability to embody a character is what we need. He’s the best one we’ve got, and I know he can carry this,» Julsrud says.
If everything goes according to plan the first episodes will air in 2017.
Thomas Enger is going to take part in the process of writing the episodes. Patrik Syversen is on board the project as conceptual director.
«With Patrik’s vision and talent, Karin’s experience and know-how, I think we have a very strong combination as I know every detail about the characters and the universe,» Enger says.
The TV series will be named SKINNDØD (Norwegian), same as the first novel in the series.