Harald Zwart to helm Norwegian Netflix thriller
Staff Reporter | On 11, Sep 2020
The Karate Kid director Harald Zwart is heading to Netflix for a new Norwegian thriller.
The untitled six-episode series is written by up-and-coming writer Petter Holmsen and follows Live Hallangen, who is declared dead but wakes up hours later with a sudden appetite for blood. Meanwhile, her brother Odd tries to keep the family driven funeral home afloat, but there simply aren’t enough people dying in the small Norwegian town of Skarnes. When Live’s bloodthirst keeps intensifying she soon realises that this newfound urge can actually solve her brother’s problem. Live now has to learn to control her new dark nature and decide if she is willing to sacrifice people’s lives for her own survival and the survival of the family business.
The show is the third Netflix title from Norwegian production company Motion Blur and will directed by Zwart. The production has just begun in Skarnes, Norway, with a cast that includes Kathrine Thorborg Johansen (Live), Elias Holmsen Sørensen (Odd), Andrée Sørum (Reinert), Kim Fairchild (Judith), Sarah Khorami (Rose) and Terje Strømdahl (Arvid).
Zwart says: “I’m excited to be working with Netflix on this truly original story. We have a great cast, young, talented actors, who all embody the blend of Scandinavian mystique and dark humor.”
Tesha Crawford, Director of Nordic Original Series at Netflix, adds: ”We are very happy to embark on our third project with Motion Blur, who have been such great partners to Netflix. Petter created such an intriguing mix of thriller, drama and supernatural elements with this project and we have a lot of trust in Harald and the wider creative team to bring this to the screen.”
The producers are Espen Horn, Hege Skjerven Clausen and Kristian Strand Sinkerud from Motion Blur.
The series will premiere on Netflix in 2021.