Baltasar Kormakur working on new Icelandic drama series

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has announced he will be making a supernatural thriller series centred on the famous volcano, Katla, in Southern Iceland.

The dystopian series, titled Katla, is set in Reykjavik in the near-future where Katla has been erupting for two years causing damage, health hazards, alarming mutations and strange events. A large-scale crisis breaks out and brings together scientists from abroad who converge on the Icelandic capital.

Studiocanal, Beta Cinema and Cinemax are already circling Katla, Variety says. 

The series will be shot in both English and Icelandic, and Kormakur is looking for an international cast to play scientists and foreigners in Reykjavik. So if you’ve ever wanted to play a scientist or a foreigner, now’s your chance.

“Iceland provides a compelling backdrop for a series like Katla because it’s a country which only has 300,000 inhabitants and draws over 2 million tourists each year. So a natural disaster of that scope would have a massive impact,” he said at the Berlin Film Festival. 


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.