'A Man Called Ove' Producer SF Studios Strikes TV Pact With Sweden's Harmonica
The companies will develop television content for the Scandinavian market, including a TV sequel to SF's 'The Hunters.'
Sweden's SF Studios, the producer of Oscar-nominated A Man Called Ove and tennis biopic Borg vs. McEnroe, has teamed with fellow Nordic shingle Harmonica Films to develop local-language TV series and feature films.
The first project under the new collaboration will be a TV series based on SF's hit film thriller franchise The Hunters, starring A Man Called Ove's Rolf Lassgard.
SF produced two Hunters features, in 1996 and 2011, both box-office hits. Lassgard plays Erik Backstrom, a Stockholm cop who returns to this hometown in rural Sweden only to become embroiled in local murder cases.
The series version of The Hunters was commissioned by Nordic pay TV channel C More and will premiere later this year. It is one of the featured series at the Gothenburg Film Festival's TV Drama Vision summit this week.
SF has already had success with its Danish comedy series Rita, which streams on Netflix internationally. The Swedish studio has recently moved into English-language production as well, backing the thriller Horizon Line from 10 Cloverfield Lane writers Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken; Baltasar Kormakur's adaptation of the Jo Nesbo thriller I Am Victor; and the U.S. remake of A Man Called Ove, with Tom Hanks playing Lassgard's role and which SF will produce together with Hanks' Playtone banner.