“Everest” director Baltasar Kormakur‘s new TV series climbed a mountain of its own at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday — selling its U.S. distribution rights to The Weinstein Company.
The grizzly cop drama, which has been compared to similarly bleak fare like “The Killing,” was created by Kormakur, who also directed two episodes.
“Trapped” tells of an Icelandic town hit with a devastating storm in the midst of a murder investigation, holding its citizens and the killer hostage. The deal marks the first time an Icelandic television show will have been acquired for U.S. broadcast.
“We’re excited to bring the first Icelandic TV show to the U.S. and expanding the great content our TV division has to offer. ‘Trapped’ is an intense crime drama masterfully created by Baltasar Kromakur and we’re thrilled to see it premiering at the Toronto Film Festival,” said Robert Walak, TWC President and Managing Director or European Production, Acquisitions and TV.
The deal was negotiated by Robert Walak, Michal Podell Steinberg and James Gold for TWC with Dan March at Dynamic Television and RVK Studios’ Magnus Viðar Sigurdsson.