New Nordic Thriller From 'The Bridge' Team Gets Green Light

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'The Bridge'

France's CanalPlus and Sweden's SVT are backing 'Midnight Sun,' a murder mystery in the 24-hour sunlight of an Arctic summer that is billed as the first-ever TV co-production between the countries.

Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, producers of Scandinavian crime hit The Bridge, are heading far north for their next show, the high-concept thriller Midnight Sun.

French pay TV network Canal Plus and Swedish public broadcaster SVT have jointly greenlit the first, eight-episode season of the series, which will begin shooting this summer.

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.

French actress Leila Bekhti (The Prophet) will star alongside Sweden's Gustaf Hammarsten (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). Marlind and Stein will direct all eight episodes of the first season.

The series is based on an original idea from Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Patrick Nebout.

Hans Rosenfeldt, the Swedish writer who created The Bridge, recently inked a deal with ITV to produce Marcella, an original British crime drama.

Sweden's Nice Drama will produce Midnight Sun together with Paris-based Atlantique Productions in association with GMT. Olivier Bibas and Patrick Nebout will executive produce for Atlantique Productions; Stefan Baron, Mikael Wallen and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer for Nice Drama. StudioCanal will handle worldwide sales for the series.

The culture-clash concept for Midnight Sun is similar to The Bridge, in which a Danish and Swedish detective work together to solve a murder that takes place on the bridge that forms the border between their two countries. That series was a phenomenal success, both in Scandinavia and internationally, and is set to return for a third season this fall. The Bridge has also been adapted for France and the U.K. as The Tunnel, recently renewed for a second season, and for the U.S. as The Bridge, which ran for two seasons on FX.

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