The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. rights to the Icelandic TV drama series “Trapped,” created by director Baltasar Kormakur.
The deal was sealed Friday at the Toronto fest, hours before “Trapped” had its world premiere as part of Toronto’s first-ever TV showcase.
Kormakur created the series through his RVK Studios banner and directed two of its ten episodes. Clive Bradley and Sigurjon Kjartansson wrote the scripts.
“Trapped” revolves around a grisly murder in a small Icelandic village and a blizzard that traps the likely killer in the area with the villagers. Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ilmur Kristjansdottir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson star.
Kormakur’s thriller “Everest” just opened the Venice film fest earlier this week. The rising-star director has said “Trapped” was designed with international audiences in mind as an effort to highlight Icelandic actors and creative talent.
The series was commissioned in Kormakur’s home country by state broadcaster RUV. It’s been billed as Iceland’s most ambitious television production to date. It’s likely that Weinstein Co. will shop the finished episodes to cable and digital buyers in the U.S. and Canada, although it may also decide to pursue an English-language remake.
The series has already been sold to the BBC, Germany’s ZDF and other European networks. The door to foreign-language programming in the U.S. has been opened recently by SundanceTV’s airing of the German-language series “Deutschland 83” and the French-lingo vampire drama “Les Revenants.”
“We’re excited to bring the first Icelandic TV show to the U.S. and expanding the great content our TV division has to offer,” said Robert Walak, Weinstein Co.’s president and managing director of European production, acquisitions and TV.
RVK Studios’ Magnus Vioar Sigurdsson is a producer of “Trapped.” Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann of sales agent Dynamic Television are exec producers.
The Toronto fest’s decision to add a Primetime section to highlight TV series is indicative of the surge of high-end series production and the new-found esteem in cineaste circles for small screen fare.
The “Trapped” pact was negotiated by Walak, Michal Podell Steinberg and James Gold for Weinstein Co. and Dynamic’s March and RVK’s Sigurdsson.
(Pictured: Baltasar Kormakur)