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”).

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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.

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