Icelandic cult comedy series to be remade in Germany

The Icelandic cult hit The Nightshift is set to be remade in Germany.

The series was a hit when it premiered in Iceland back in 2007. Produced by Sagafilm, The Nightshift follows three employees working at a petrol station on Laugavegur in Reykjavik. The eccentric supervisor and communist Georg Bjarnfreðarson has a fond admiration for Swedish culture, Ólafur Ragnar is a simple employee, and Daníel is a former medical student. The series follows the various happenings at the petrol station, as the power-hungry Georg orders Ólafur and Daníel to do inane, unusual and sometimes dangerous jobs.

Since its release, the series has gained recognition around the world, screening on BBCFour in the UK and being remade for Norwegian television.

The series will be named Tanken – mehr als Super in Germany, and will be produced by ZDFneo.

“It’ s a very special feeling bringing The Nightshift to such a mature tv market, if the success of the series in its local market can be replicate here in Germany it will be very special indeed! We are extremely excited to watch the epic characters from the Nightshift come alive in “Tanken” when the show premiers on ZDFneo.” says Kjartan Thor Thordarson Executive Producer and CEO of Sagafilm Nordic that brokered the deal.

Little is known about the release date, but it’s exciting to see how big the Icelandic series still is!

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.