GoodCo and the Norwegian production company Cinenord have teamed up to produce a Norwegian crime series based on the bestselling books serie by Jørn Lier Horst about the police officer William Wisting. It will be a character driven crime series with Wisting at the center of the story. The series will take place in Norway with its unique landscape and changing seasons.
WISTING – AN AMBITIOUS NEW CRIME SHOW
Norwegian production company Cinenord Drama and their Danish partners, Good Company Films are bringing Jørn Lier Horst´s books about Detective Chief Inspector William Wisting to a larger audience.
The film version of Wisting will be a Nordic Noir TV-series, with an international appeal. Timeless and universal crime plots take centre stage amidst a distinctively Norwegian landscape, with a strong sense of the contrasting seasons. William Wisting´s constant challenge is to retain his humanity and empathy while the demands of the job pull him deeper and deeper down into the darkest and most depraved abysses of the human mind.
– Wisting will be portrayed as a complex, deep character; a man we can both admire and identify with. A fair, caring and experienced detective. This is as much about what he does to the cases, as what the cases do to him, says Silje Hopland Eik, film producer at Cinenord.
The author himself, Jørn Lier Horst, is excited about this venture.
– The team who are working on this are great. I look forward to collaborating with them and watching William Wisting brought to life.
This will be a tense, character-driven series, where William Wisting takes centre stage, and is aided by his team. Integral to the series is the close relationship between Wisting and his daughter, Line, who works as a crime reporter.
– The paths Wisting and his daughter Line take continually cross, and these contrasting angles fuel the plot, says Anni Faurbye Fernandez, CEO and producer of the Danish production company Good Company Films. – Separately, they sit with different pieces of the puzzle, which they can´t reveal to each other, and this increases the tension for the audience.
The film companies have recently optioned the books and look forward to starting their collaboration on the adaptations.
CINENORD DRAMA was established by Silje Hopland Eik and Alexander Eik in 2015 and is a part of Cinenord, the parent company behind successes such as Varg Veum and Casper and Emma. Cinenord is one of Norway’s biggest production companies, having produced and co-produced 25 feature films and 2 TV shows over the past 11 years.
GOOD COMPANY FILMS is an independent production company started by
Ole Søndberg, Vibeke Windeløv, Stinna Lassen and Anni Faurbye Fernandez in 2014. Combined, the team have worked on many of the biggest successes in Sweden, Denmark and Norway: Headhunters, Occupied, the Millennium Trilogy, Wallander, The Team, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville and Breaking the Waves.
JØRN LIER HORST is a bestselling international author. The Wisting-series has been sold to 25 countries and has sold over 1 million books in Norway alone.
The author has won numerous awards; the Norwegian Bookkeepers Prize 2011, Vestfold literature award 2012, The Riverton award 2012, The Glass Key 2013, The Golden Revolver 2013, and the Martin Beck-award from the Swedish Crime Academy 2014, and he has been shortlisted for this year’s Petrona Award.
SALOMONSSON AGENCY, who represent Jørn Lier Horst, will join the collaboration, with Julia Angelin and Jørn Lier Horst as executive producers.
The Swedish based Salomonsson Agency represents around 40 Nordic fiction, non-fiction, crime and children’s authors around the globe, as well as selected screenwriters.
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