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The producer of hit Danish TV political drama Borgen has weighed in on the show’s upcoming HBO remake.
Speaking on the sidelines of Dublin’s Digital Biscuit conference, which concludes on Friday, Camilla Hammerich said that, while nothing had been formally announced yet, HBO had negotiated a deal with BBC Worldwide, who would be producing the series.
“I just hope they start making it,” she said, adding that although U.S. politics might differ widely from that in Denmark, she was confident Borgen — which tells the fictional story of the European country’s first female Prime Minister — would transfer well.
“I’ve seen an idea of how they can do it and I think it will work. It’s still Borgen, but it’s an American Borgen with American politics. It’s very interesting. We never thought that Borgen would travel anywhere and that doing a remake would be so weird. But talking to these guys, I really think it would be possible.”
Hammerich confirmed that the show’s creator Adam Price would be working as a consultant on the remake. “He’s been going for meetings with them, and will read the script. But they will have the say.”
The remake of Borgen follows on from Danish TV crime drama The Killing, which was given the Fox Television Studios treatment in 2011, moving from Copenhagen to Seattle for three series before being dropped and recently picked up again by Netflix. More recently, Danish-Swedish detective series The Bridge was remade for both the U.S. and U.K.
‘Earlier in the day, Hammerich gave an In Conversation With interview detailing her six years working on Borgen as part of a ‘Spotlight on Denmark’ arranged by Digital Biscuit, now into its second year in the Irish capital.
“The really interesting thing, from a global perspective, is that Ireland has exactly the same population as Denmark,” explained Birch Hamilton, executive director of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, which is supporting the event. “In terms of TV, we want to do what they’re doing.”
Hamilton pointed to Dublin-based gangland drama Love/Hate, now into its fourth season and with a U.S. remake on the way, as an example. “It’s doing so well. We want more Love/Hates, more local versions of Borgen.” She also suggested that one theory revolved around the use of subtitles in TV productions. “Some people say that all English language films are in one pot. Sometimes I think having subtitles can put you in another category, which can help. But I don’t have all the answers and I think that’s what we’re here to learn from the Danes.”
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