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20th Century Fox TV Takes Norwegian Thriller for Chernin Remake

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Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope will executive produce the adaptation of the series about an uncompromising investigative journalist.

COLOGNE, Germany – 20th Century Fox Television has picked up adaptation rights for Norwegian thriller Mammon from indie distributor DRG.

Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope will executive produce the U.S. version of the series via Chernin Entertainment. UTA brokered the deal.

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The original series, from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, focuses on Peter, an investigative journalist working for the country's top newspaper. He uncovers evidence of massive financial fraud that implicates his own brother. When he breaks the story, his brother commits suicide and Peter begins a search for the truth, which leads him to the highest levels of Norwegian society.

The first, six-episode season of Mammon will debut on NRK in January, but the series has already been renewed for a second season.  This is the first Norwegian series to be picked up for a U.S. remake, though mobster-out-of-water dramedy Lilyhammer, starring Steven Van Zandt, another NRK production, goes out on Netflix.

Mammon was created by sibling writer/producer team Gjermund and Vegard Stenberg Eriksen. Actress Cecilie A. Mosli (Elling) will direct the Norwegian series.