Even though the last episode we saw – The Last Day – pointed to Martin Beck’s retirement, rumours began to circulate that that episode wouldn’t mean the end of the titular Swedish copper. That last series saw the introduction of a new sidekick for Beck, which many agreed helped to breath new life into the show, even after the death of his much-loved predecessor Gunvald Larsson. It was potentially a new and exciting chapter in this solid procedural show, but the fact still remained – Beck was retiring, wasn’t he?
I’ve just finished corresponding with my contact at Filmlance in Sweden – the show’s production company – and she confirmed that there would indeed be four more Beck films, with filming slated to start this spring. Transmission is pencilled in for streaming service C-More (home of Missing and Gåsmamman) in 2018, with a premiere to follow on linear channel TV4 later that year. It remains to be seen if it will be picked up again by BBC4, and when.
Mårten Klingberg and Jörgen Bergmark are slated to direct two films each, but interestingly my contact couldn’t confirm any cast at this moment. This begs the question: if Beck is retirning, does the focus switch to Steinar, his new Norwegian sidekick? Or, perhaps Beck is bored and wants a few more years at the coalface.
What is fairly certain is that these new films will not be based directly on the stories origainally penned by Swedish crime writing legends Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – the producers went separate ways a good while ago after adapting all of the duo’s 10 novels.
More news as we get it…
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