Starz is going global to prove once again that a quality mystery/thriller is a quality mystery-thriller, having acquired rights to Norwegian serial killer limited series Monster ahead of its debut.
Created by head writer Hans Christian Storrøsten and directed by Anne Sewitsky, the seven-episode series also boasts Jørgen Johansson (The Bridge, Borgen, The Killing) as its lead cinematographer. Johansson is considered by many to be a major influential force in the Nordic Noir artistic movement. NRK Drama will handle production, with NRK's Lasse Greve Alsos serving as executive producer.
Here's the most recent trailer released by NRK for the upcoming series:
In the dark and remote area of northern Norway, a brutal murder reveals a mass grave which links a number of "cold cases" to missing persons. Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes (I Travel Alone) stars as local policewoman Hedda, who is assigned to the case and partnered with special investigator Joel Dreyer, portrayed by Jajob Oftebro (Lilyhamer. The Bridge). As expected, the duo's different backgrounds, personalities and methods immediately set them against each other. But when the investigation takes them in directions they never expected, both detectives are forced to make some hard decisions in order to stay on the case and protect their secrets.
Though it's not set to premiere in Scandinavia until October, the series just won the 2017 European Script Award for Most Innovative Script of the Year newcomer. NRK has already secured a number of recent deals for Monster, including sales to: SBS in Australia; Canal Plus in France; RTS in Switzerland; Spike in Russia and Viaplay for SVOD in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. NRK retains rights in Scandinavia, while DRG retains remaining international rights.