Finnish series to be remade in the US


The Finnish dramedy series Downshifters is set to be remade in the US.

The series was written by Timo Varpio and tells the story of a couple who faces financial problems and is forced to give up their extravagant lifestyle for a more modest way of living. Hiding the real issues under the pre-tense of ‘downshifting’, the show follows how the couple manage to keep up appearances.

Downshifters was the first drama produced by Yellow Film and TV for Finland’s OTT service Elisa that aired at the end of 2015. YLE will broadcast it in autumn and a second season is currently in development.

The US production house Skydance Media is fronting the US remake.

This comes after the Finnish show Nurses got similar treatment – a British remake. 

What do you think about remakes? Should we be watching the original Finnish series?
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.