Last week we brought you news of Hans ‘The Bridge’ Rosenfeldt’s upcoming project with ITV (read that story here), and now we get wind of a new culture-clash crime drama from the producers of The Bridge, Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, that has been ordered by French behemoth, Canal Plus. In the world of The Bridge it’s safe to say that it’s all going off – anyone connected with the Swedish/Danish co-pro is currently hot property. And so they should be. Let’s get to the details…
The series, the Hollywood reporter says, will be called Midnight Sun and feature eight episodes.
Billed as the first-ever French-Swedish television co-production, the one-hour drama focuses on the bestial murder of a French citizen in a remote mining community in the far north of Sweden. A French detective is sent to investigate the killing, together with a local police officer, a Swedish cop from the indigenous Sami community. The investigation takes place in the Arctic summer, when there is 24-hour sunlight, the so-called midnight sun period.
No wonder Canal Plus hired producers of The Bridge for this – for Danish/Swedish hook-up read tricky a French/Swedish relationship for Midnight Sun. French actress Leila Bekhti and Swedish actor Gustaf Hammersten take the lead roles, and it’ll start shooting this summer.
As ever, the key to these sorts of dramas – let’s hope that there’s a relationship that’s as sparky as Martin and Saga’s in Midnight Sun.