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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Norway

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and Cecilie Mosli prepping thriller series The Fortress

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- The eight-part Norwegian series, staged by Maipo Film, is set to start filming later this year

Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and Cecilie Mosli prepping thriller series The Fortress
Directors Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and Cecilie Mosli

A new eight-episode thriller series entitled The Fortress is in the works. The Norwegian production, commissioned by NENT Group's Viaplay, is set to begin filming later this year. Mikkel Brænne Sandemose (Ragnarok [+see also:
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) and Cecilie Mosli (the TV series Thin Ice) are attached to direct.

The Fortress is a dystopian TV series set in the near future and co-created by screenwriter and novelist John Kåre Raake (The Wave [+see also:
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, The Quake [+see also:
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) and Linn-Jeanethe Kyed (the Oscar nominated short film Tuba Atlantic). In this story, Norway has chosen to sever all ties with the rest of the world. Surrounded by an enormous wall, the nation has become entirely self-sufficient. The fortunate inhabitants enjoy a life of well-being and safety. However, when there’s an outbreak of a fatal disease, they soon find themselves trapped behind the very wall that was built to protect them.

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Budgeted at 95 million Norwegian crowns (approx. €9.5 million), The Fortress is being produced by Synnøve Hørsdal and Ales Ree for Oslo-based outfit Maipo Film. It also received a 5 million Norwegian crowns (approx. €500,000) grant from the Norwegian Film Institute. The cast is yet to be disclosed.

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