You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Baltasar Kormakur’s Icelandic Crimer ‘Trapped’ Set to Travel Abroad (EXCLUSIVE)

GOTEBORG, Sweden– Baltasar Kormakur’s crime thriller series “Trapped” is poised to travel well beyond Iceland.

Repped and exec produced by Dynamic Television, “Trapped,” which has just started lensing in Northern Iceland, has already been picked up by Gaul’s pubcaster France Televisions, the U.K.’s BBC and Germany’s ZDF, among other international channels, Kormakur told Variety.

The Icelandic filmmaker is producing “Trapped” via his shingle RVK Studios. The 10-episode series was commissioned by RUV, Iceland’s public broadcaster, and with its 7 million Euros ($7.9 million) budget, “Trapped” ranks as the country’s most ambitious skein.

Based on Kormakur’s original idea, the serialized show is set in a small Icelandic town that’s been hit by a powerful blizzard and quarantined, shortly after a man was found dead in a fjord. “Trapped” follows a troubled cop who investigates the grisly crime while the whole town in on lockdown.

Underscoring Kormarkur’s wish to foster talent in his home country, “Trapped” is being directed by three up-and-coming Icelandic helmers: Baldvin Zophoníasson (“Life in a Fishball”), Óskar Thór Axelsson (“Black’s Game”) and Börkur Sigthórsson (“Come to Harm”).

The director/producer tapped Sigurjon Kjartansson (“Pressa”) and Clive Bradley (“City of Vice”) to write the script, which was first penned in English and translated into Icelandic. “We wanted to make it in Icelandic because that felt more authentic, and it doesn’t take away the global appeal of the series,” argued Kormakur.

“The intrigue surrounding the murder has social and political implications, and ultimately the series shows how the 2008’s economic collapse has affected Iceland,” said Kormakur, adding that “one of the plot threads deals with an insurance scam, which is very common in Iceland.”

“Trapped” will have a strong visual identity as RVX, the effects arm of RVK studios, is set to design the visual effects, said Kormakur.

The music will also play an important role in “Trapped:” Composer Johann Johansson, who has just been nominated for an Oscar for his work on “The Theory of Everything” has just come on board the series.

More Film

  • Donald Trump Chucky Childs Play

    'Child's Play' Stars on New Chucky's 'Creepy' Resemblance to Donald Trump

    At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening

    Academy Museum Opening Delayed Again to 2020

    The opening date of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been delayed again, this time to an unspecified date in 2020. The museum, now under construction at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, has long been beset by delays and cost overruns. In December 2018, the Academy announced that it would open [...]

  • Bradley Cooper speaks at the 30th

    Producers Guild Shifts 2020 Awards Show to Hollywood Palladium

    The Producers Guild of America will hold its 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, shifting the site from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The PGA had already announced that the show would take place on Jan. 18. The organization, which represents more than 8,000 producers, announced Thursday that it has launched a new [...]

  • Adam Driver appears in The Report

    Amazon’s ‘The Report’ Gets U.K. Theatrical Release Ahead of Streaming Launch

    Amazon Studio’s “The Report” will be released theatrically in the U.K. three weeks before it lands on the Prime Video streaming service. The Scott Z. Burns film tells the story of Daniel J. Jones, a U.S. Senate staffer who worked to reveal that truth about an “enhanced interrogation” program run by the CIA in the [...]

  • Elton John performing at Earls Court,

    Elton John Has a Message for Struggling LGBTQ Youth: 'Be Proud of Who You Are'

    Elton John isn’t at a loss for words when asked if he has a message for young LGBTQ people who are struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. In an exclusive interview with Variety at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, just hours before the world premiere of his long-in-the-works biopic “Rocketman,” John spoke candidly about the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content