The production company behind the acclaimed "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Wallander" crime series may have just signed the next Scandinavian/US television import.
Swedish production house Yellow Bird have begun production on "Occupied," a ten episode political thriller set to air on the Norwegian network NRK and French-German public channel Arte. The series revolves around Russia's quiet takeover of Norway in the near future, with the invading force seizing control of its host nation's oil resources.
The series is based on an idea from best-selling crime author Jo Nesbo, who penned the white-knuckle thriller "Headhunters" (starring "Game of Thrones"' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Those with Netflix subscriptions should really check the tense foreign drama out, as it currently holds a 92% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and likely slipped under many viewers' radar.
The new project also has signed acclaimed Norwegian feature director Erik Skjoldbjaerg ("Insomnia"), who will helm the first two episodes when the series begins shooting in 2014.
Yellow Bird producer Gray said, "This is a brilliant idea by Jo Nesbø with so many possibilities and it is great to have such strong broadcasters sharing our excitement."
Given the recent penchant for adapting Scandinavian noir and crime thrillers for US audiences, one wonders how long it will take for a US studio to snatch this one up and skew the idea for American audiences. AMC's "The Killing," the upcoming FX series "The Bridge," and A&E's upcoming "Those Who Kill" are just a few of the recent Scandinavian series that US production houses have imported.