Davíð Ólafsson of Mystery Productions and Kristinn Thordarson and Leifur Dagfinnsson of Truenorth talk about their upcoming projects coming out of Iceland.
Mystery Productions have been garnering attention for more than a year for their Icelandic production, series “Prisoners.” Determined to ride this wave of momentum, they have teamed up with Truenorth to fill a jam-packed slate of new projects going forward.
Continuing their work on the small screen, the companies’ new series, “The Valhalla Murders,” is an international detective drama with a poignant local twist. The series will tell the story of a displaced detective who, against his will, is ordered to leave his life in Denmark to investigate a series of murders in Iceland. Dark parts of his past will be brought back to the fore as he is forced to battle his own demons as well as the island nation’s first serial killer.
Meanwhile, for theatrical distribution, the production companies are working with writer Ottar Nordfjord and director Thor Saevarsson on their horror thriller “The Hidden.” The remote Icelandic mountains beckon to a group of geologists as the ideal local to pursue their research on a dam that looks poised to flood the valley below and, as fortune would have it, they’ve found the perfect cabin in which to execute said research in spite of a less enthusiastic welcome from the locals. Not unpredictably, things start going wrong for the scientists and Iceland’s folklore history of a hidden people, cast out of the Garden of Eden by God as a result of Eve’s actions, offers a possible, if entirely fantastic, explanation. The students are forced to fight for their survival, deciding where the real threat lies.