HBO Snags Limited Series Based on Danish Submarine Murder

The Investigation
Courtesy of Henrik Ohsten

HBO has acquired North American TV and streaming rights to a Scandinavian limited series about an infamous murder case.

The Investigation, set to premiere Feb. 1 on HBO and HBO Max, tracks the events surrounding the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. The reporter boarded a mini-submarine to interview its owner, Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen, in August 2017. Madsen was rescued from the foundering sub the following day, but Wall didn't surface. Part of her corpse was later discovered on shore 10 days later.

The series will center on Jens Møller (Søren Malling), the head of homicide for the Copenhagen police, and prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen (Pilou Asbæk, Game of Thrones). Tobias Lindholm, (the Oscar-nominated film A War), wrote and directed the six-episode series, which debuted in Sweden in September 2020.

The cast also includes Pernilla August and Rolf Lassgård as Wall's parents, along with Laura Christensen, Anders Juul, Henrik Birch, Hans Henrik Clemensen, Dulfi Al-Jabouri and Charlotte Munck.

"It is with great humility that I created The Investigation," said Lindholm, who worked closely with the Wall family and Møller in developing the show. "There is a great deal of responsibility in choosing to tell stories about events from the real world. Therefore, I am more than grateful for all the support I've received, including some of Denmark's and Sweden's most talented and acclaimed actors."

Miso Film, Fremantle's Scandinavian drama label, produces in cooperation with Outline Film, TV 2 Denmark, SVT and Nordic Entertainment Group. Lindolm executive produces; Jonas Allen, Caroline Blanco, Peter Bose and René Ezra are producers.

The Investigation is the latest foreign acquisition for HBO, joining Spanish horror series 30 Coins, which debuts this week.