EXCLUSIVE: Leonine Studios has taken worldwide rights to German-Norwegian thriller collection The Seed (working title), which is set across the explosive takeover of a seed firm and comes from Chameleon author Christian Jeltsch.
The Germany-based producer-distributor joins its subsidiary Odeon Fiction, alongside co-commissioners German broadcaster ARD Degeto and Norway’s NRK and Czech producer MIA Movie on the manufacturing, which started taking pictures on Might 10 at spectacular unique areas in Spitsbergen (Norway), Munich (Germany) and Prague (Czech Republic). The service producer in Spitsbergen is PolarX AS.
Jeltsch, who’s writing upcoming Sky Deutschland company lobbying thriller drama Chameleon and works on ARD procedural Tatort, is creator and head author of the English-language collection. He wrote the screenplays with Axel Hellstenius and Alexander Dierbach (Line of Separation) is directing.
Westworld‘s Ingrid Bolsø Berdal Heino Ferch (Berlin Station, The Baader Meinhof Advanced) stars reverse Heino Ferch (Berlin Station, The Baader Meinhof Advanced).
The drama makes use of the Svalbard World Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen because the backdrop to the six-part thriller. The vault acts as an insurance coverage coverage and backup facility for crops globally by offering storage for seed duplicates storied in gene banks world wide.
The Seed follows German detective Max (Ferch) and Norwegian policewoman Thea (Bolsø Berdal), who got down to discover Max’s lacking nephew Victor (Jonathan Berlin) in Spitsbergen. It quickly turns into obvious his disappearance could also be linked to the takeover of a seed firm that’s inflicting controversy in Brussels. As they plunge deeper into webs of intrigue and political pursuits they discover their very own lives at risk too.
Rainer Bock (Higher Name Saul, Marvel Girl), Seumas Sargent (Spy Metropolis, The Conductor), Erik Madsen (Vikings, The Final Kingdom) and Friederike Becht (Labyrinth of Lies, Hannah Arendt) spherical out the worldwide forged.
“With The Seed, we would like to attract consideration to an vital international challenge as a result of it’s in regards to the battle for meals,” ARD Degeto Senior Vice President of Drama Christoph Pellander instructed Deadline. “With a prime forged in entrance of and behind the digital camera, that is an thrilling German-Norwegian co-production that won’t solely attain the German viewers but additionally appeal to worldwide consideration.“
Pellander is overseeing the drama for ARD Degeto together with Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Sebastian Lückel, with Elisabeth Tangen doing the identical for NRK. The producers are Odeon Fiction’s Britta Meyermann (Spy Metropolis) and Mischa Hofmann (Kitz, Spy Metropolis) and the Director of Pictures is Ian Blumers (Stralsund, Wolfsland). FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Inventive Europe MEDIA of the European Union, the German Movement Image Fund and the Czech Tax Incentive are supporting the manufacturing.
Babylon Berlin commissioner ARD Degeto and NRK have been two of probably the most energetic co-producers of European drama this yr. Final month, Deadline revealed NRK had ordered a drama about Leonard Cohen’s relationship with muse Marianne Ihlen from the UK’s Buccaneer Media, Oslo-based Redpoint Productions and Canada’s Connect3 Media, for instance.
ARD Degeto is engaged on a number of new dramas, together with mystery thriller collection Oderbruch, which is co-produced by Syrreal Leisure and CBS Studios. Others similar to Scandinavian collection Blackwater, co-produced with Sweden’s SVT, ITV Studios-owned Apple Tree Productions and Filmpool Nord) are in post-production.
The agency is a completely owned subsidiary of German public broadcaster ARD, commissioning and producing greater than 100 productions of characteristic movies, TV motion pictures and collection annually. It additionally acquires programmes, with all of its content material going out on the Das Erste (ARDI) channel and streaming platform Mediathek.