HBO Europe has ordered Kamikaze — its first Danish original. The WarnerMedia-backed European broadcaster has greenlit the eight-part series, which is an adaptation of Erlend Loe's Norwegian novel Muleum.
The show follows Julie, a fierce and hypnotically charming 18-year-old main character as she goes through an existential struggle back to life after losing everything.
The story begins shortly after her 18th birthday, when Julie receives a final text message from her father. Seconds later, her parents and big brother are killed in a plane crash in Uganda. She is left alone in a giant mansion, and on the face of it has everything others only dream of: youth, beauty and money — lots of money. As the loss of her family sinks in, she is forced to find a reason to keep going and embarks on a dangerous journey of rediscovery that will take her from her native Denmark to all corners of the world.
Kamikaze is produced by Profile Pictures' Ditte Milsted, written by author and screenwriter, Johanne Algren, who wrote Sundance-feature Holiday, and directed by Annette K. Olesen Borgen. Production will begin in January 2020 and will be exec produced by Hanne Palmquist, Steve Matthews and Antony Root for HBO Europe.
Hanne Palmquist, Commissioning Editor and VP Original Programming, HBO Nordic, said, “Where most Nordic series for young adults are focused on friendships, life at school and the local environment, Kamikaze definitely turns its back on the home turf and takes you on a tour de force out in the world — from Seoul to Mexico, London to the Sahara Desert.”
Ditte Milsted said, “ Kamikaze is a wild, edgy and surprising story about a young woman who — because of some horrific circumstances – takes a giant quantum leap into life. It feels like the right thing to produce Kamikaze in collaboration with HBO Nordic, and we believe that this series will both challenge and entertain its audience.”
Johanne Algren, added, “I can’t think of a better story to tell an audience – the young human being who has everything and nothing at the same time. All she sees is meaninglessness, so she embarks on a journey through it all and ends up experiencing life, not from the outside, but from the inside. I think it is rare to feel so connected and deeply touched by a material that is not originally your own. I am therefore very grateful that the project Kamikaze landed on my desk.”
'Borgen' director Annette K. Olesen will helm the eight-part series from writer Johanne Algren, with Ditte Milsted 'Rams' producing. HBO Europe has added another Nordic nation to its original production slate, putting in a series order for Kamikaze, HBO's first Danish drama series. Based on a Norwegian novel by Erlend Loe, Kamikaze follows Julie, who receives a final text message from her father seconds before her parents and older brother are killed in a plane crash in Uganda. Thrown into an existential crisis, the 18-year-old sets out on a dangerous journey of self-discovery that will take her around the world. Annette K. Olesen, the director of features such as Minor Mishaps 2002 and Little Soldier 2008 as well as several episodes of hit Danish drama Borgen, will direct all eight episodes of Kamikaze. Writer Johanne Algren will adapt Loe's novel for the small screen. Ditte Milsted, whose feature credits include Rams and Valhalla, will produce through her Copenhagen-based shingle Profile Pictures. Hanne Palmquist, commissioning editor and VP of original programming at HBO Nordic, will executive produce, together with HBO Europe execs Steve Matthews and Antony Root. Production on Kamikaze is set to kick off in January next year. Palmquist noted that Kamikaze breaks the mold of most Nordic young adult drama by shifting its focus from “friendships, life at school and the local environment” to take the reader on a “tour de force out in the world — from Seoul to Mexico, London to the Sahara Desert.” The Danish series comes on the heels of HBO Europe originals in Sweden Gösta, Beartown and Norway Beforeigners, Untamed. HBO's Scandinavian division HBO Nordic, launched in 2016, is ramping up production amid competition from Netflix —which has local originals including Danish dystopian drama The Rain and Swedish crime thriller Quicksand — and Scandinavian streamer Viaplay Occupied, The Lawyer.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Universal has picked up the film rights to New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s upcoming YA vampire novel Crave.
Crave, billed as a paranormal fantasy with a feminist perspective, follows a human girl who finds herself in the midst of a conflict between warring factions when she falls for a vampire prince, Jaxon Vega. He’s a vampire with deadly secrets who hasn't felt anything for a hundred years. But there's something about him that calls to her, something broken in him that somehow fits with what's broken in her - which could spell death for both of them. The young girl learns that Jaxon has walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake him, a sleeping monster, and she could very well be the bait. The book is available for sale tomorrow, April 7 from Entangled Publishing, distributed by Macmillan in New York.
Wolff is the bestselling author of 64 novels that run the gamut of commercial fiction. She’s a former English professor who now writes full-time from her home in Austin, Texas.
Universal's SVP of Production Jeyun Munford and Creative Executive Christine Sun will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Wolff is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim of The Prospect Agency. The deal was negotiated by Nicole Resciniti, The Alliance Rights Agency, and Debbie Deuble Hill at APA.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: