The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to the crime drama Trapped, an Icelandic TV series created by Everest director Baltasar Kormakur and which is premiering its debut episode at the Toronto Film Festival later this evening. Kormakur, who directed two of the episodes, is in Toronto for the unveiling, and the Weinsteins made the deal there with RVK Studios and Dynamic Television. Its one of the rare TV series to get the premiere treatment at the fest.
Trapped centers on a troubled cop investigating a grisly murder when his small Icelandic town is hit by a powerful blizzard, trapping the villagers and most likely the killer in the town. The series was produced by Kormakur’s RVK Studios and commissioned by RUV in Iceland. Kormakur is the creator and Clive Bradley and Sigurjon Kjartansson wrote the script. Kormakur’s The Deep star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective) Ilmur Kristjansdottir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson (Everest) star. Dynamic’s Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann are executive producers.
It already has deals in place with the BBC, ZDF and France Televisions among other European networks.
Said Robert Walak, TWC President and Managing Director or European Production, Acquisitions and TV: “We’re excited to bring the first Icelandic TV show to the U.S. and expanding the great content our TV division has to offer. “Trapped is an intense crime drama masterfully created by Baltasar Kromakur and we’re thrilled to see it premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.”
In Toronto, the first episode is premiering at 10:30 PM ET at Cinema 1. A second screening is tomorrow at 5 PM ET at Scotiabank (14).
The deal was negotiated by Michal Podell Steinberg, Walak and James Gold for the Weinsteins with Dan March at Dynamic and RVK Studios’ Magnus Viðar Sigurdsson.