“Borgen” co-creator Adam Price is boarding “Rides Upon The Storm,” a one-hour drama series which marks the first collaboration between Danish broadcaster DR, Franco-German net Arte and recently-launched SAM Productions.
Copenhagen-based SAM Productions, a screenwriter-based production company launched by Price as well as Søren Sveistrup and Meta Louise Foldager, two other high-profile Scandi industry figures, along with the international film powerhouse Studiocanal.
Price, who won a BAFTA for “Borgen,” said “Rides Upon the Storm” had a “character-based story about two brothers and what happens when war and a number of personal conflicts hit a so-called ‘ordinary’ family.”
“Rides Upon the Storm” is produced by DR with Arte, SAM Productions Aps and SAM Le Francais, the shingle’s French subsid, serving as co-producers. Camilla Hammerich (“Borgen”) is producing.
DR has already commissioned the first two seasons comprising 10 episode each.
Studiocanal, which aims at developing, producing and handling upscale series drama with international potential, reps worldwide distribution rights to “Rides Upon the Storm.”
“At DR Fiction, we want to create TV dramas that are entertaining and thought provoking while astonishing the audience,” said Piv Bernth, DR’s head of drama. “We wish to ask both the big and small questions, without giving away all the answers,” added Bernth, revealing that faith would be the “theme and key point” of the show.
“Faith is a subject of fierce debate because it engenders strong feelings and beliefs and means a lot to so many of us. It takes courage to make this theme into a drama series, but it seems like an obvious task for a Public Service Broadcaster such as DR to be doing this. This is a task we believe Adam Price is the perfect person to do,” explained Bernth.
Olivier Wotling, who recently joined Arte as head of drama from the national film board CNC, said, “In 2007, DR produced the hugely successful drama series ‘The Killing’ (‘Forbrydelsen,’) which Arte began to broadcast soon after. Then came Borgen (DR), another great success for our channel, created and written by Adam Price and a remarkable depiction of the Danish political arena.”
Price said he has “always been fascinated by the concept of faith as a catalyst for human’s actions. “In the last 10-15 years, we have seen an intensification of the situation between the great world religions, which affects international politics and everyone’s daily life,” said the writer-producer.
Added Price, “Just as politics was the starting point for a very personal story for the main characters in ‘Borgen,’ the concept of faith will serve as the backdrop of the drama in ‘Rides Upon the Storm.'”
Wotling said Arte, one of Europe’s first networks to promote and support Danish and Scandinavian TV series, was keen on exploring “a world of spirituality and personal quests – two themes which are at the heart of Arte’s drama department.”
Studiocanal COO Romain Bessi pointed out Price’s latest series “Borgem” sold to more than 80 countries.
Shooting is expected to start in Spring 2016 and will premiere in 2017.