The original film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Sofie Gråbøl and follows law student Martin (Coster-Waldau), who takes a job as a night watchman in a mortuary. However, disturbing things to happen and Martin finds himself as a prime suspect in a serial killer case.
Bornedal told BT that he began to wonder what would’ve happened if Martin and his girlfriend Kalinka (Gråbøl) had a child together and whether Commissioner Wormer had actually died at the end of the film.
The director says that he has begun to write the script, and has already contacted Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sofie Gråbøl, Kim Bodnia, Ulf Pilgaard and Lotte Andersen with a view to reprising their roles, which they all seem interested in doing.
Nightwatch was given a Hollywood remake in 1997, starring Ewan McGregor and Nick Nolte.