TIFF: Weinstein Co. Nabs Baltasar Kormakur's Crime Series 'Trapped'

Baltasar Kormakur - P 2013

The 'Everest' helmer created the TV drama, in which a small town, with a killer on the loose, is cut off from the outside world by a blizzard.

The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Trapped, an Icelandic TV crime series created by Everest director Baltasar Kormákur. The series, which is featured in TIFF's Primetime sidebar of small screen series, will be the first Icelandic drama to go to U.S. TV.

"We're excited to bring the first Icelandic TV show to the US and expanding the great content our TV division you have to offer," said Robert Walak, TWC president and managing director of European production, acquisitions and TV. "Trapped is an intense crime masterfully drama created by Baltasar Kromakur."

The plot of the drama focuses on a cop investigating a brutal murder in a remote Icelandic village. A blizzard then hits, cutting the town off from the rest of the world and likely trapping the locals with the killer in their midst.

Kormakur created the series and directed two of the 10 episodes of the first season. Kormakur's Icelandic Studios shingle RVK series produced. The series has sold strongly across Europe, with the BBC, Germany's ZDF, France Televisions, Germany and Sweden's SVT Among the buyers.

The deal for Trapped was negotiated by Robert Walak, Michal Podell Steinberg, and James Gold for TWC with Dan March at Dynamic Television and RVK Studios' Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson.