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StudioCanal has come on board for Rides Upon the Storm, the new one-hour drama from Danish writer Adam Price, creator of the hit political series Borgen.
It’s the first project from Price developed under the auspices of SAM, the StudioCanal-owned production shingle that brings him together with The Killing creator Soren Sveistrup and Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager (Melancholia).
Danish public broadcaster DR, the original broadcaster of Borgen, is the lead network for Rides Upon the Storm and will co-finance the series with ARTE France. SAM Productions in Denmark and the French division of SAM, SAM Le Francais, will co-produce, with Camilla Hammerich, another Borgen veteran, heading up the production.
DR and Arte have greenlit two 10-episode seasons of Rides Upon the Storm. Production is set to start in the spring of 2016 for a 2017 premiere. StudioCanal will handle worldwide distribution.
DR and Price were loath to reveal much about the new drama except to say that it would explore the issues of faith and spirituality in contemporary European society.
”I have always been fascinated by the concept of faith as a catalyst for humans’ actions,” said Price in a statement. “In the last 10-15 years, we have seen an intensification of the situation between the great world religions, which affects international politics and everyone’s daily life. Just as politics was the starting point for a very personal story for the main characters in Borgen, the concept of faith will serve as the backdrop of the drama in Rides Upon the Storm. We will see both the very big picture and very personal stories in what is going to be a dramatic, character-based story about two brothers and what happens when war and a number of personal conflicts hit a so-called ‘ordinary’ family.”
Added Piv Bernth, DR’s head of drama: “Faith is a subject of fierce debate because it engenders strong feelings and beliefs and means a lot to so many of us. It takes courage to make this theme into a drama series, but it seems like an obvious task for a public service broadcaster such as DR to be doing this. This is a task we believe Adam Price is the perfect person to do.”
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