The Norwegian actor will embody Jan Guillou’s celebrated spy Carl Hamilton in the international show produced by Sweden’s Dramacorp/Pampas Studios.
C More/TV4 has commissioned two seasons of 10x44’.
Filming is set to start the second quarter of 2018 on the reboot of Hamilton, adapted by head-writer Petter S. Rosenlund (The Heavy Water War) from Jan Guillou’s best-selling books. The first season will follow the personal journey of the Swedish spy Carl Hamilton, on his first assignment in Europe, as he gets caught up in a web of lies and his mental sanity is put to the test. Denmark’s Kasper Barfoed (Below The Surface) will direct and Zoula Pitsiava (Blue Eyes) is producing.
Steering the international project is the joint venture Dramacorp-Pampas Studios, lead by veteran TV executive Rolf Sohlman, and Patrick Nebout managing director of Stockholm-based Dramacorp, backed by Beta Film.
The German media group headed by Jan Mojto is co-producing and handling international sales, outside the German-speaking territories, represented by ZDF Enterprises. German pubcaster ZDF is co-producing.
Commenting on the hiring of Norway’s prolific actor Jakob Oftebro, who takes on the iconic role of Hamilton, previously held by Stellan Skarsgård and Mikael Persbrandt. Jan Guillou said: “It is always exciting to see one’s creation live so many lives. Field operator Carl Hamilton has been part of my life for the last 30 years; there has been several film adaptations. But I’ve always thought that a longer TV-series format would be a great way to dig even deeper into the character and his universe. This is happening now, with a new, young Hamilton, in a contemporary setting, and I’m confident that the series will appeal to an international audience and a new generation of viewers."
For Nebout who has worked so far on majority Swedish productions (including Thicker than Water and Midnight Sun), Hamilton is a step in a new direction. “It’s a true pan-Scandinavian collaboration in terms of the creative team and TV4/C More has embraced the fact that we would have a Danish director and a Norwegian writer and actor.”
The series will premiere exclusively on the streaming service C More in 2019, with a later linear airing on TV4 in Sweden and ZDF in Germany.