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Major ‘Nordic Noir’ producer launches in the U.S.

Yellow Bird, the Swedish production company behind such hits as the Millennium trilogy of films, Headhunters, and the Swedish Wallander series, has launched Yellow Bird U.S.

The company is planning to create Scandinavian-style content in the United States. Yellow Bird Sweden has teamed up with Bunim/Murray Productions, who is perhaps most famous for producing Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Yellow Bird U.K launched earlier this year.

The first films that Yellow Bird U.S. will produce is the English-language adaptation of two novels: The 7 Keys by Åsa Schwartz and The End by Mats Strandberg.

The 7 Keys is about I.T. professional Rebecka who is one of seven people holding a key to the Internet. When she wakes with a gun to her head, and each of the other key holders are attacked, Rebecka goes underground to solve the mystery.

The End is a youth fiction story about two lonely young people living in a world on borrowed time. A tragedy ties them together and the surrounding mystery grows into a mutual obsession, but they have to find the answers before the the sky is set aflame.

Furthermore, Yellow Bird U.S. has also optioned Lisa Jewell’s I Found You.

You can read more about the company over at Deadline. 

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.