“Wonder Woman 1984” star Connie Nielsen and “Doctor Who’s” Christopher Eccleston are set to star in psychological drama “Close to Me,” the primary English-language drama to originate from Nordic Entertainment Group’s (NENT) fledgling U.Okay. operation.
NENT Studios U.Okay. is adapting British writer Amanda Reynolds’ novel “Close to Me” in an eponymous six-part sequence that may debut on NENT Group-backed streamer Viaplay within the Nordic and Baltic areas as an Original, and air within the U.Okay. on Channel 4, which has acquired the challenge.
Mexican outfit Dopamine, which just lately partnered with NENT Studios U.Okay. for scripted applications, will function a co-production accomplice on the sequence — a uncommon English-language scripted co-production for a Latin American enterprise — whereas NENT Studios U.Okay. will distribute the title internationally.
The challenge is a significant step ahead for Nordic powerhouse NENT Group’s efforts within the U.Okay., a key market for scripted drama sequence in Europe. Earlier this yr, the corporate reorganized its content material arm, NENT Studios, to concentrate on scripted drama manufacturing throughout each TV and movie, in addition to distribution. The drive informs NENT Group’s concentrate on Viaplay, which is to launch round 30 originals this yr and is concentrating on an annual 40-title slate from 2021.
“Close to Me,” written by Angela Pell (“Snow Cake,” “Gifted”), tells the story of Jo Harding (Nielsen), a girl who has a seemingly excellent life together with her accomplice (Eccleston) till a fall erases a whole yr from her reminiscence. As she struggles to piece occasions collectively, Jo discovers that her life was in actual fact removed from excellent, with somebody making an attempt to hold a horrible secret from her.
The sequence was initially developed by The Development Partnership and Great Point Media and is a part of TDP’s first look cope with NENT Studios U.Okay. “Close to Me” is the primary sequence from the enterprise, which was shaped to create premium drama tasks for the worldwide market.
TDP can also be the sister firm of company The Artists Partnership, which represents each the underlying rights for “Close to Me” by Reynolds as well as to Danish star Nielsen. Michael Samuels (“The Windermere Children,” “The Missing”) is on board to direct, whereas Gina Carter (“Yardie”) will govt produce, alongside Robert Taylor and Ed Clarke of TDP and Dave Clarke from NENT Studios U.Okay.
In addition to her main function, Nielsen may even be an govt producer on the show. Her performing credit embrace “Gladiator,” “Mission to Mars,” “The Hunted” and “Nymphomaniac.” She additionally seems as DC Comics superhero Hippolyta within the movies “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League” and the forthcoming “Wonder Woman 1984.”
Meanwhile, Eccleston, maybe greatest identified for his 2005 flip because the ninth Doctor Who within the revived franchise, will take up the mantle of Time Lord as soon as once more after 15 years in a brand new audio sequence from BBC Studios.
Richard Halliwell, CEO of NENT Studios U.Okay., mentioned: “’Close to Me’ is a powerful title to spearhead NENT Studios U.Okay.’s slate of authentic content material and can undoubtedly show a superb calling card for the brand new enterprise.
“We are presently growing a high-volume, wide-ranging slate of scripted tasks, primarily for Viaplay, and anticipate saying additional greenlights over the approaching months. I consider our new enterprise to be a really engaging proposition, particularly for British drama producers and writers, and encourage these with nice concepts to get in contact,” mentioned Halliwell.
Robert Taylor, managing director of The Development Partnership, added: “We noticed the massive potential for growth in Amanda Reynolds’ novel as quickly as we learn it and Angela Pell has taken that basis and written unbelievable scripts which convey this world and these characters to life. We are delighted to be working with each Channel Four and Viaplay, and with the extremely robust group now we have assembled in entrance of and behind the digicam.”
Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group chief content material officer, mentioned: “This ingenious, unsettling and interesting drama uncovers the deception that may lie under the floor of a seemingly excellent household life. The continually twisting plot, straight to digicam dialogue and nice indie soundtrack will attract viewers, whereas additionally exploring a topic not often highlighted on display screen — the feminine mid-life disaster. Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston are vastly charismatic skills and this sequence asks a query that everybody can relate to – what do we actually learn about ourselves and people closest to us?”
“Close to Me” goes into manufacturing within the U.Okay. later this month.