Copenhagen Film Fund boards The Bridge III and Wallander
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Danish-Swedish TV series will be more Danish than ever – and UK actor Kenneth Branagh will film two episodes of Wallander in Ystad and Copenhagen
The newly established Copenhagen Film Fund has signed up to participate in The Bridge III, the third series of the Danish-Swedish television series, and the final episodes of the UK’s BBC series Wallander, starring UK actor Kenneth Branagh as Swedish author Henning Mankell’s detective, Kurt Wallander.
“The Bridge has so far sold to more than 150 countries, and there have already been American/Mexican and French/English remakes,” said Thomas Gammeltoft, managing director of the Copenhagen Film Fund. “The new season will be more Danish than ever, with a larger crew from the country; it is expected to premiere simultaneously in the five Nordic countries in late 2015.”
Starring Swedish actress Sofia Helin, but no longer her Danish sidekick, Kim Bodnia, The Bridge III will be scripted by the original team, with Hans Rosenfeldt as lead writer, and directed by Sweden’s Henrik Georgsson and Denmark’s Rumle Hammerich. Sweden’s Filmlance International will produce, with Denmark’s Nimbus Film, Swedish regional film centre Film i Skåne, Norway’s NRK, Germany’s ZDF and France’s Lumière.
The Copenhagen Film Fund has also entered the final three episodes of the BBC’s Wallander, produced by Sweden’s Yellow Bird and the UK’s Left Bank Pictures. Two episodes will be shot in Ystad and Copenhagen, including The Troubled Man – the third, The White Lioness, will be filmed next year in South Africa, all scripted by the UK’s Peter Harness and directed by Ben Caron.
Shooting this month (October), The Troubled Man is set in Copenhagen. “We are proud to welcome Branagh, and proud that Copenhagen is prominently featured, but also that the production design, visual effects and stunt coordination are in Danish hands,” concluded Gammeltoft, who is heading the new fund after it was set up in June last year by the municipality of Copenhagen, the Capital Region and eight local municipalities.