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DURBAN–Endemol Shine Group has sold the rights to adapt its critically acclaimed and highly popular Nordic Noir detective series “The Bridge” to Cape Town-based production company Both Worlds Pictures, Variety has learned exclusively.
The series will feature an all-African cast and will be set around the Beit Bridge border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Sweden - Denmark - Bron/Broen - Format - Crime
Originally known in Sweden and Denmark as “Bron/Broen,” the format is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions between two neighboring countries and delving into the darker side of human nature. The series was created by Sweden’s Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group, and Denmark’s Nimbus Film. The fourth and final season of the original, which aired in Sweden and Denmark last year, was the number one drama in Scandinavia. It also served, with “The Killing,” to put Nordic Noir on the map, and boost the careers of its producer Lars Blomgren and major writers such as Mans Marlind, Hans Rosenfeldt and Bjorn Stein.
The African adaptation of the show would mark the seventh local version of “The Bridge,” which has so far been remade in Malaysia/Singapore, Germany/Austria, Croatia/Serbia, U.S./Mexico, UK/France and Russia/Estonia.
Blomgren - Producer - Bridge - Endemol - Shine
Blomgren, executive producer on the “The Bridge” and Endemol Shine Group’s head of scripted for the Europe, Middle East and Africa...
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