Netflix has ordered Katla, a new sci-fi thriller from award winning Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur.
The beautiful scenery of Iceland is the backdrop of the eight-part series. One year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, the peace and tranquility in the small town of Vik is dramatically disturbed. As people evacuate the area, the ice near the volcano starts to melt. The few remaining people manage to provide necessary community service and despite its grand location the area turns out somewhat apocalyptic. Mysterious elements, that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times, start to emerge from the melting ice and cause consequences no one could have ever foreseen.
“It‘s an exciting challenge to embark on this journey on Katla with Netflix and we‘re honored to be the first Icelandic production team to be commissioned to deliver a full series,” says Kormákur.
“Katla is a unique and ambitious sci-fi project that has been in development within my company, RVK Studios for a few years and we‘re delighted that it now has been picked up by Netflix.”
Tesha Crawford, Director Netflix International Originals Northern Europe, adds: “Iceland has been the home for so many series and films over the years. We are excited to be able to feature its breathtaking surroundings in a story that is so grounded in Icelandic themes. Working with such an acclaimed talent like Baltasar Kormákur makes this project a perfect set up for us.“
Katla is created by Kormákur and writer Sigurjón Kjartansson. The series is written by Sigurjón Kjartansson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Davíð Már Stefánsson and will be produced by RVK Studios. In the last decade, the company has had great success with titles such as Jar City, The Deep, Virgin Mountain and The Oath. The company were also associate producers on Kormákur’s adventure film Everest.
Production on the series will begin next year.