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International hit Scandinavian scripted crime series The Bridge is set to be adapted for the Russian market, Endemol Shine said Monday.
Russia’s NTV Channel has commissioned Endemol Shine partner company Weit Media to produce 20 episodes to run over two seasons, with a storyline sparked by the discovery of a body on the Narva Friendship Bridge that connects the border between Russia and Estonia.
Based on the original scripted format for Bron/Broen from Scandinavian producers Filmlance International and Nimbus Film, it follows adaptations of the series for the U.S., French and U.K. markets.
Russian investigator Maxim Kazantsev (Mikhail Porechenkov) and Estonian Detective Inga Savisaar (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) team up to hunt down a serial killer operating in both countries.
Production will begin on the series in June for transmission in 2017, with season two being filmed consecutively.
The Bridge debuted in Sweden and Denmark in 2011 and has since sold to 157 territories. The U.K. adaptation aired on BBC4 to an average audience of 1.49 million viewers and the 10 episodes screened were the highest-rated shows for the channel in 2015.
“NTV is one of the key broadcasters in Russia, and their involvement is a real testament to the quality of the project,” said Marina Williams, COO of Endemol Shine international operations.
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