Currently working on Everest, starring Robin Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin, following his US outing 2 Guns, in which he directed Mark Wahlberg, Icelandic director-producer Baltasar Kormákur will return to Iceland for Trapped, the country’s most expensive television series to date.
From Kormákur’s own idea, Sigurjón Kjartansson and Clive Bradley scripted the mystery thriller set on a ferry carrying 300 passengers from Denmark, trapped in the port of a small town during a snowstorm. A mutilated and dismembered body washes up on the shore; the local chief of police realises a killer is on the loose, and order then disintegrates into chaos as the ferry passengers and residents of the town realise they could be next.
Kormákur will direct the first of the 10×58-minute episodes – his first Icelandic project since The Deep[+] (2012), which won 11 Eddas (Iceland’s national film prize); his then production company, Blueeyes Productions, has expanded into TV production and become RKV Studios, which will stage the new venture.
American-Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who was in Kormákur’s US crime action title Contraband[+] (2012), will play the lead as the police inspector, and besides Kormákur, Icelandic directors Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Either Way[+]) and Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson (Undercurrent) will helm the serial.
RKV chief Magnús Vidar Sigurdsson will produce Trapped, with Dynamic Television’sDaniel March and Klaus Zimmermann as executive producers. Commissioned by Icelandic pubcaster RUV, it will be distributed worldwide by Dynamic, which launched it at the recent MIPTV market in Cannes.