PARIS — Swedish shingle FLX has come on board to develop a financial thriller series adapted from “Speed Blind” by journo-turned-novelist Carolina Neurath.
The novel, published by Scandi publishing house Piratförlaget in January, is a fictional story inspired by the events leading to the demise of HQ Bank. Neurath broke the story while she was working as an investigative financial reporter for Swedish daily paper Svenska Dagbladet at age 25.
Neurath penned the series adaptation, which follows the investigation of a young and fearless financial reporter who starts looking into Sweden’s venerable Bank of Stockholm after learning that it’s been lying in its reports to the Financial Services Authority.
“There was a lot of interest from several different producers even before the book was released. After meeting with a handful of them, FLX felt like the natural choice, given both their track record and their approach and commitment to this specific project,” said Neurath.
“Speed Blind” is deeply grounded in Stockholm’s financial industry and portrays the upper-class Stockholm community. FLX said the setting will play a key part in the series as it does in “Midsomer Murders,” “Murder in Sandhamn,” “The Affair,” “Bloodline” and “Breaking Bad.”
“We want to make a high-quality series that stays true to reality and captures the “business upper class” and gives a sense of the old structures that in many ways still matter in the business elite, its networking and board rooms,” said FLX, which cited as reference “House of Cards,” “The Firm,””Margin Call,” “The Big Short” and “Wall Street.”
FLX is the thriving production company behind “The 100-Year Old Man Who Jumped Out of the Window and Disappeared” (pictured above), “Welcome to Sweden” and “Solsidan.”