Lars Von Trier to Take On TV With 'The House That Jack Built'

Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
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Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier is returning to TV for the first time in 20 years.

The filmmaker behind Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark and the two-part erotic epic Nymphomaniac will write and direct The House That Jack Built as a high-end TV drama series. 

Von Trier's producer Louise Vesth, who has worked with the director since Melancholia in 2011, announced the project during the press conference at the Venice Film Festival for the director's cut of von Trier's Nymphomaniac Vol. 2.

Vesth declined to reveal any details of the series except to say von Trier would start working on a script this fall and shooting was planned to start in 2016. Vesth will produce for von Trier's Danish production company Zentropa together with executive producer and Zentropa partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen.

Danish public broadcaster DR, whose credits include The Killing and The Bridge, is developing the series together with von Trier, with DR's Piv Bernth executive producing. TrustNordisk will handle international sales for the series.

Von Trier’s last television project was The Kingdom, made in 1994. The creepy hospital drama — part soap opera, part horror — was a huge international success, selling around the world and inspiring ABC's short-lived U.S. remake Kingdom Hospital in 2004.

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