Yellow Bird to produce another 13 films

STOCKHOLM — Swedish production company Yellow Bird has secured finance to produce a further 13 films featuring Swedish author Henning Mankell’s fictional detective Kurt Wallander.

Mankell has written the storylines for the new films, with other writers completing the scripts.

Yellow Bird, which is owned by Zodiak Television, will produce the films with Swedish pubcaster TV4, Film i Skane and Germany’s ARD/Degeto. The budget for the 13 films is $33 million.

The first of the features is to get a theatrical release, while the other 12 will go straight to DVD, distributed by giant distrib Svensk, and with TV4 and pay TV channel Canal Plus waiting further up the road.

Yellow Bird has already produced 13 Wallander features for theatrical and DVD release, all starring actor Krister Henriksson. He will reprise the role in the new pics. No other cast have been named, nor the helmers.

Yellow Bird will also produce three English-language Wallander features this year for the BBC, with Kenneth Branagh playing the lead. All 16 films will be shot in and around Ystad on the Swedish south coast.

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