'Wallander,' 'Dancer in the Dark' Producers Join Forces on 'Midnights'

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A mix of political thriller and supernatural drama, the 10-part series features Nordic immortals who are dying out amid a new Cold War over the Arctic.

The producers of Wallander and the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo have secured initial financing for Midnights, a new Nordic series billed as part political thriller, part supernatural drama.

Danish production company Good Company Films and British production and financing group Nevision have signed a deal to co-develop the 10-part primetime drama, created by Anna Reeves. Set in the present day, Midnights follows a group of Nordic immortals who discover they are dying out as Northern nation states battle for control of the Arctic.

Good Company Films was set up in 2014 by four leading Scandinavian producers, Anni Fernandez and Ole Sondberg from Sweden's Yellow Bird (Wallander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo); Vibeke Windelov, who produced Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark and Dogville; and Stinna Lassen, a producer on new pan-European crime series The Team.

Nevision is a London-based creative hub launched in 2013 with the goal of producing and financing high-end television and film projects. It controls French/British boutique financing and distribution company About Premium Content (APC).

APC, which brought Good Company and Nevision together, will handle international sales on the project outside of Scandinavia and will help toward securing presales for the series.

“Nevision and APC have an astute understanding of global drama, making them the perfect partners for our upcoming drama series,” Ole Sondberg said Thursday in a statement. APC CEO Laurent Boissel called the deal an example of the kind of “bespoke studio-like solution” to financing international TV drama where “the producer's independence and creativity is perfectly preserved.”