REinvent International Sales is starting to pitch the project to potential buyers at this week’s Cannes virtual market.

The eight-part series Max Anger - With One Eye Open is based on Martin Österdahl’s suspense book ‘Ask No Mercy’ (‘Be inte om Nåd’), first in a series featuring the enigmatic former special-ops soldier, Max Anger, played by Adam Lundgren (The Restaurant, Blue Eyes). 

Max is having a shot at a peaceful life when he falls for Pashie (Evin Ahmad from The Rain, Beyond Dreams), a colleague at Russia-focused think tank Vektor. But when she goes missing in St. Petersburg, he plunges into a world of crime, corruption and international intrigue in a volatile Russia, in a desperate attempt to find her.

Alexander Tanno, CEO at Nice Drama told “It’s a contemporary action thriller, but set in 1996. The plot centres around key moments that shaped the world we live in today. The series plays around real historical events without losing engaging personal stories about love, friendship and lies. All told through an intense and suspenseful hunt with a ticking clock to save lives and reveal lies.”

The series is directed by Lisa Farzaneh (The Truth Will Out, Quicksand) and Jesper W. Nielsen (Greyzone) from a screenplay by head-writer Mikael Newihl (Black Widows), co-written with Anders Sparring, Pauline Wolff and Jörgen Hjerdt. Nice Drama’s Lejla Bešić and Jan Marnell are producing for NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay .

Start of principal photography was disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak but is now resuming this month in Stockholm, with hopefully further shooting days in Vilnius, Lithuania July to October 2020. Delivery is set for early 2021.

Reinvent International Sales recently added to its slate the Scandi crime series Outlier set in a Sami community in Northern Norway. The eight-part series created by The River’s Arne Berggren and Kristine Berg will be delivered in September.

The Copenhagen-based packaging and global distribution company also just closed a North American deal with US streamer Topic on the Finnish premium series Peacemaker produced by Matila Röhr Productions for Yle, and Danish youth series Sex produced by Profile Pictures for TV 2.