WORLDS END to get US remake

The Icelandic dramedy World’s End is set to have a US remake on the cable network TBS.

The television series’ production company Sagafilm is currently working on closing the deal that will see the popular television mini-series converted into a US production. The series revolves around Einar (Halldór Gylfason), a charismatic history teacher committed to a remote mental asylum in Iceland. During the bank holiday weekend he initiates an uprising that transforms into a proper revolution where the lunatics literally take over the asylum. 

The American version will be written by Jonathan Ames with Alan Poul (The Newsroom) directing. Actor Hamish Linklater (The Big Short) will play the role of Einar.

The original mini-series was created by the team behind the comedy series The Nightshift. It had 50% average ratings and received four Edda nominations in 2011.


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.