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Netflix has ordered an adaptation of thriller novel Quicksand as its first Swedish original series from the head writer of The Bridge, Camilla Ahlgren.
Continuing its investment in Europe, Netflix is partnering with production company FLX (The Bonus Family and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared) to bring its first Swedish original to its subscribers globally.
Quicksand (Storst av Allt) is based on the best-selling novel by Malin Persson Giolito about a mass shooting at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb, after which high-school student Maja Norberg finds herself on trial for murder. When the events of the day are revealed, so too are the private details about her relationship with Sebastian Fagerman and his dysfunctional family.
Quicksand will be produced by Pontus Edgren (The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared) and will go into production in 2018.
Said Edgren: ”Malin Persson Giolito’s novel Quicksand is an original, fresh and suspenseful drama that we believe will make a fantastic Netflix series. We asked one of Scandinavia’s most respected writers, Camilla Ahlgren, to work with us and she was equally thrilled. We’re very excited to be collaborating with Netflix to make Quicksand the very first Swedish Netflix original.”
Said Ahlgren: ”It is both a great honor and challenge to work with FLX and Netflix on Quicksand. I want to tell this story from the main character Maja’s perspective; her story raises questions about guilt, responsibility, punishment and redemption. It holds a mirror up to our time whilst also serving as both a suspenseful thriller and a moving love story.”
“Sweden has a tradition of great crime literature and series and we’ve been looking for something special in this area. We are excited to bring Malin’s great novel to life and to work with Camilla, one of the best TV writers globally, ” said Erik Barmack, vp of international original series at Netflix. “We are delighted also to partner with Pontus and the FLX team and believe that Netflix will be the perfect global platform to showcase their talents and continue the canon of great Nordic storytelling”
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