RVK Studios to create English-language television drama on famous Icelandic case

Baltasar Kormákur‘s (Trapped) production company RVK Studios has signed an agreement with UK producer Buccaneer Media to create an English-language television drama called The Reykjavik Confessions.

The series is based on the true story of one of Iceland’s most famous murder investigations. Back in 1974, two men vanished on the outskirts of Reykjavik, ten months apart. Their disappearances triggered a double murder investigation led by specialist police who were flown in.

The series is also the subject of a documentary titled Out of Thin Airwhich is screening at the Hot Docs Canadian International Festival.

The Reykjavik Confessions will be written by John Brownlow and produced by Kormákur; Tony Wood and Nicola Larder, who both worked on Buccaneer’s ITV drama Marcella; Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson for RVK Studios; and investigative journalist Simon Cox.

Kormákur told C21:

“This true story has been an integral part of Icelandic life for over 40 years. After they had been set free from jail I got to know some of those convicted and hear their side of the story. They still protest their innocence and I feel it’s our duty to bring this complicated murder mystery to life.”

Keep an eye out for our interview with the director of Out of Thin Air to learn more about the 1974 case.


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.

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