Based on award-winning investigative journalist Carolina Neurath’s book, the eight-part drama is set in the financial quarters of Stockholm and is inspired by true events surrounding one of the largest bank failures in Sweden in recent history, the fall of HQ Bank. Neurath was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset, Sweden’s Grand Prize for Journalism, in 2012.
FLX is co-developing the series with local streaming service CMore and Swedish broadcaster TV4. Both CMore and TV4 are part of Bonnier Broadcasting.
FLX’s Jesper Harrie, the head writer of “The Bonus Family” (pictured above) and “Solsidan,” is on board to spearhead the writing of “Blinded,” and will be working with co-scribes Maria Karlsson (“Easy Money”) and Jonas Bonnier, the former CEO of Bonnier Group. Bonnier penned the bestseller “The Helicopter Heist” which is being brought to the big screen with Jake Gyllenhaal.
“In ‘Blinded’ we are leaving the mainstream Nordic Noir and tell the story about a young female business journalist who exposes a trio of bank executives,” said Pontus Edgren, CEO of FLX.
“On an over-arching level it explores the tension between idealism and egoism, both from the banking execs as well as the journalist’s perspective,” added Edgren.
FLX and CMore will be attending Mipcom to meet potential international partners.”Blinded” will start shooting in 2018.
FLX recent series credits include the hit drama “The Bonus Family” which was recently acquired by Netflix for global distribution. The company will be screening Tomas Arvidssom’s “The Simple Heist,” which is being sold by FremantleMedia, at Mipcom.