Elisa Viihde, the popular Finnish Svod service behind “All the Sins” and “Shadow Lines,” is developing “Bad Apples,” a daring psychological drama series, with Fire Monkey Productions. Lagardere Studios Distribution will handle international sales.
Marja Pyykkö (“Hooked,” “Run Sister Run!”) will direct the first episodes and set the tone and visual style for the the eight-part show. Fire Monkey Productions (“White Wall”) is producing the series with Mia Ylönen (“Moscow Noir”) on board to write. The concept was created the producers Roope Lehtinen and Mikko Pöllä from Fire Monkey Productions and Ylönen.
“Bad Apples” is set in 1970’s Finland and takes place in a fictional mental asylum in the Helsinki archipelago. In 1973, a young, driven student activist is sent to the institute against her will. The authorities – and even her husband – paint Onerva as an aggressive troublemaker, while Onerva sees herself as an idealist fighting for justice.
Laura Kuulasmaa, commissioner at Elisa Viihde, said “Bad Apples” will be headlined by an interesting cast of strong women, along the lines of “Orange is the New Black” which is a reference for the show. Kuulasmaa also mentioned “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as an inspiration for “Bad Apples.” She said the island depicted in the series is inspired by island of Seili which used to be a place of confinement for lepers and a mental asylum.
Ani Korpela, the head of content at Elisa Viihde, said “Bad Apples” is one of the six or seven ambitious original series that Elisa strives to deliver in Finland every year. Some of Elisa’s recent shows include “Shadow Lines” and All the Sins” which have traveled to most key markets and earned critical praises.
Korpela said the streamer aims to make “premium local series that can resonate globally” rather than English-Language shows.
“Bad Apples” will start shooting next year. Elisa and Lagardere Studios Distribution previously teamed on “Arctic Cirlce,” a gritty crime thriller set in Finland’s Lapland directed by Hannu Salonen.