Netflix is partnering with thriving Nordic outfit Miso Film on its first Scandinavian original drama, “The Rain,” a dystopian thriller series created by critically acclaimed writers/filmmakers Jannik Tai Mosholt (“Borgen”), Esben Toft Jacobsen (“The Great Bear”) and Christian Potalivo (“The Pig”).
Produced by Miso Film, the FremantleMedia-owned outfit behind “Those Who Kill,” “Acquitted” and “Modus,” “The Rain” unfolds a decade after a brutal virus has wiped out most of the population in Scandinavia. The series follows the perilous journey of two young siblings searching for safety, guided by their father’s notebook about the virus and the hazards of this new world. Joining a group of other young survivors, the pair quickly realize that the greatest danger comes from within.
“I’m interested in finding out what we humans will do if the day should come when civilization as we know it vanishes,” said Tai Mosholt, who will be writing the series and showrunning alongside producer Potalivo. “And I want to see it through the eyes of youth. Those who are too young to understand it all when everything and everyone disappears around them, and who then have to find out who they are and what they will become.”
Tai Mosholt added that, “in broad terms, ‘The Rain’ is a story about hope and finding out what there is to hope for when all hope seems gone. It’s a story about responsibility and whether survival is about the individual or the group.”
Erik Barmack, VP of international original series at Netflix, said Tai Mosholt, Potalivo and Miso had all contributed to the recent rise in Scandinavian television. “We believe that Netflix will be the perfect global platform to showcase their talents,” Barmack said.
Netflix will premiere “The Rain” in 2018, across all the territories where the service is established.
Netflix previously acquired Scandinavian series such as “Rita,” the Danish comedy-drama created by Christian Torpe, and “Lilyhammer,” the American-Norwegian show created by and starring Steven Van Zandt.
Since launching in 2004, Miso Film has produced a flurry of high-end drama series such as “Veum,” “Those Who Kill,” “Dicte,” “Acquitted” and “Modus,” which earned critical acclaim and traveled to many territories.