Miso Film and Christoffer Boe team up for Danish and English projects

From the Nordisk Film and TV Fund 
Scandinavia’s production powerhouse Miso Film has boarded two projects by top Danish writer/director Christoffer Boe  – the Danish TV mini-series Prospect and English language feature The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning co-produced by London-based Ugly Duckling Films.

The 6×45’ TV series Prospect is based Boe’s own idea, developed together with Simon Pasternak, co-writer of the director’s previous film Sex, Drugs and Taxation (Spies & Glistrup). The story focuses on a former Danish soldier who served in Afghanistan and tries to get his life back together at home. When he learns that a former soldier and friend has supposedly committed suicide, he decides to find out for himself what really happened and infiltrates a gang. “Prospect is a thriller, but it also deals with contemporary issues in our society,” says producer and Miso Film co-founder Peter Bose. The Danish-language mini-series produced for TV2 has an estimated budget of €7-€8 million. “This is 15-20% more than the average TV drama. We know that Christoffer’s take on the series will be absolutely unique,” continues Bose.

The Hitman’s guide to Housecleaning is Boe’s English language debut feature and based on the eponymous novel written by Icelandic award-winning author Hallgrimur Helgason (101 Reykjavik). The dark crime comedy tells the story of a hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York City who is forced to flee the US, he accidentally ends up in Iceland disguised as a Southern televangelist.

Freemantle Media’s partly-owned Miso Film has numerous other film and TV projects on its slate.
TV Dramas include
-The Swedish crime series Modus, based on Anne Holt’s novel Fear Me Not adapted by Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe. TV4 will air it in the fall.
-The Norwegian drama series Acquitted Season 2 produced for TV2 Norway.
– The Danish crime series Dicte Season 3, produced for TV2 Denmark. Kaspar Gaardsøe (The Team) will direct the first two episodes.

On the feature film side, Miso Film’s Long Story Short by first time director May el-Thouky has sold more than 110,000 tickets in Denmark and is still playing in 76 locations. The next feature to reach Danish cinemas on December 17 is the family movie Iqbal Farooq, based on a famous children’s literary series written by Manu Sareen, Denmark’s current Minister for Equality and Church and Nordic Cooperation. The film will be Nordisk Film’s first release of a Miso Film production, part of a distribution deal signed last year.

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.