New Norwegian crime series MONSTER picked up around the world

The upcoming Norwegian crime series Monster has been picked up around the world, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond reports.

The series stars Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro as Joel Dreyer, an opportunistic career hunter and special investigator who is sent to northern Norway to solve a murder case. In the new environment, he finds himself like a fish out of water, and his arrogance and lack of social skills lead him to make some fatal mistakes. Monster is a character-driven drama that blends elements of spirituality and brutality in a world where nature is ruthless.

Monster was created by head-writer Hans Christian Storrøsten and director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy), with Jørgen Johansson (The Bridge, Borgen) as lead cinematographer.

Starz in the US has picked up the series, and now the series has also been picked up by Canal Plus in France, SBS in Australia, Viacom’s new Russian channel Spike, Lumiere in Benelux, and Viaplay for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, making it the first NRK drama acquisition for the Nordic streaming platform.

Monster will air on the Scandinavian channels NRK, DR and SVT in October. The series just won the European Script Award. 

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.