Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Book News: "The Chestnut Man" To Become Danish Netflix Series

On Tuesday, at the Copenhagen TV Festival, Netflix announced that its second Danish original series will be "The Chestnut Man."

This is based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup, which will be available in the United States on September 3 from Harper.

The Chestnut Man is the story of two embattled Copenhagen detectives spurred on by an eerie calling card to bring a brutal, cunning psychopath to justice.

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed script writer, creator and film producer of several TV series. From 2007 to 2012 he was the creator and writer of "The Killing," which has won several international awards, has been sold to more than a hundred countries all over the world, and was remade for AMC by Fox Television Studios in the US. He lives in Copenhagen.

Sveistrup said, “Netflix has shown a strong, genuine interest in my book and I’m excited about the deal and confident that Netflix will be the perfect place for The Chestnut Man.”

The Chestnut Man is rich with the fascinating characterization and unpredictable plotting that has endeared Sviestrup’s work to viewers worldwide, and it is unlike any debut you will read this year. 
HarperCollins won the American rights to the book, which has already sold in 25 territories across the globe.

It is without closure that Rosa Hartung, Copenhagen’s Minister for Social Affairs, comes back to work one year after the murder of her twelve-year-old daughter. A mentally ill young man has confessed to the killing but is unable to remember key details of the crime and can offer no insight on the whereabouts of the dismembered body. On the day of Hartung’s return to parliament, a single mother is found 
murdered in Copenhagen’s suburbs.

Detectives Naia Thulin and Mark Hess, new and reluctant partners, find a small human figurine made of chestnuts near the victim. Analysis reveals that one of the chestnuts bears the fingerprint of Minister Hartung’s daughter—who has been presumed dead for nearly a year. It is not the last figurine they will come across. Battling the tumult of their personal lives, institutional roadblocks, and– perhaps most dauntingly—each other, Thulin and Hess’s investigation quickly becomes a breakneck race to prevent this sadistic killer from striking again.

"The Chestnut Man" will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide. Production is slated to begin in Denmark in 2020 with the executive production team SAM Productions, who is also behind the coming Norwegian Netflix original series Ragnarok.

Executive Producer at SAM Productions Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen adds: “We are looking very much forward to bringing Søren’s amazing international bestseller to the screen, and we are very excited and proud to announce the continuation of our good collaboration with Netflix. The novel has been translated into 28 languages and it’s being published in more than 50 countries, we are therefore thrilled to be able to release this original Danish story, in the Danish language, worldwide with Netflix as our partner.”

Tesha Crawford, Director Netflix International Originals Northern Europe, said, “After the success of The Rain, we are excited to announce our next Danish Original which will be building on the great tradition of Nordic Noir. We were instantly compelled by the strong story and Søren’s voice. We are happy to continue the collaboration with SAM Productions and are looking forward to bringing The Chestnut Man to our global audience.”

The Chestnut Man is a character-driven thriller drama and has its roots in the Nordic Noir genre. The series is composed of six 50-minute episodes and will be produced by SAM Productions. The series is set to launch on Netflix worldwide. Launch date is still to be announced.

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