Carsten Jensen’s historical saga to be adapted to television

The best-selling historical series by Danish author Carsten Jensen will be adapted into an English-language, Danish-produced television series.

Called We, the Drowned, the series follows the people who live in the Danish seaport of Marstal. The multi-generational series starts in the 19th century and follows those who set to sea and those they leave behind. The series will run to eight instalments.

Jensen is a well-known author and columnist, and the book was first published in 2006 to widespread acclaim.

We, the Drowned has been picked up by Banijay Rights for international sales. The company has a history with Nordic drama, and is known for bringing Nordic content to the international market.

Mikael Saloman is directing, with Jan Trygve Røyneland writing the adaptation. The project is currently in late-stage development.


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.