CANNES– Scandi major Svensk Filmindustri has picked up the rights to develop the bestselling crime novel “A Darker Sky” into a TV series.
“A Darker Sky” is the first opus of a crime novel series – penned by Swedish/Norwegian writer’s duo Mari Jungstedt and Ruben Eliassen — which were all acquired by Svensk. The series turns on Kristian Wede, a former cop, and Sara Moberg, a Swedish journalist, who cross paths as they investigate gritty crimes in Gran Canaria, a seemingly idyllic island with endless beaches and a sun that never sets.
“A Darker Sky” was published in Sweden in January and turned out to be a hit, selling over 80 000 copies so far.
Julie Lövgren, who heads up acquisitions and Nordic Book rights at Svensk Filmindustri, pointed out “The Canary Island (was) such a strong crime series from one of Sweden’s best writers in this genre, Jungstedt who is now writing in a new, interesting way with Norwegian Ruben Eliassen.”
“A Darker Sky takes the reader on a dark and horrifying journey, has a great setting and a gripping plot. We so much look forward to be a part of this adventure,” added Lovgren.
Johan Hedman, head of TV at Svensk Filmindustri, said “‘A Darker Sky’ was a very strong and thrilling dark crime story with intriguing characters from a Nordic background.”
Hedman’s idea is to create an “exciting Scandinavian thriller TV series with an international appeal.”
In Sweden alone, Jungstedt’s books have sold over three million copies in Sweden alone, and they are published in over twenty countries.
Eliassen, meanwhile, is best known for his fantasy series “Phenomena,” which comprise seven books whose film rights have been acquired by a U.S. film shingle.
“Ruben and I are both heavy users of films and TV series and to be working with Svensk on this, is of course very exciting, said Jungstedt and Eliassen in a joint statement. The pair also looks forward to being a part of the adaptation process.