Toronto: Weinstein Co. Acquires U.S. Rights to Icelandic TV Drama ‘Trapped’
The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. rights to the Icelandic TV drama series “Trapped,” created by director Baltasar Kormakur.
The deal was sealed Friday at the Toronto fest, hours before “Trapped” had its world premiere as part of Toronto’s first-ever TV showcase.
Kormakur created the series through his RVK Studios banner and directed two of its ten episodes. Clive Bradley and Sigurjon Kjartansson wrote the scripts.
“Trapped” revolves around a grisly murder in a small Icelandic village and a blizzard that traps the likely killer in the area with the villagers. Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ilmur Kristjansdottir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson star.
Kormakur’s thriller “Everest” just opened the Venice film fest earlier this week. The rising-star director has said “Trapped” was designed with international audiences in mind as an effort to highlight Icelandic actors and creative talent.
The series was commissioned in Kormakur’s home country by state broadcaster RUV. It’s been billed as Iceland’s most ambitious television production to date. It’s likely that Weinstein Co. will shop the finished episodes to cable and digital buyers in the U.S. and Canada, although it may also decide to pursue an English-language remake.