Netflix has ordered “Young Wallander,” a loose prequel adaptation of the popular Henning Mankell novel series about Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, to series. Several actors have portrayed the character, most notably Kenneth Branagh who took on the role in The BBC version which also launched Tom Hiddleston’s career.
Set in contemporary Sweden, the series will follow Wallander investigating his gripping first case and his personal and professional experiences as a graduated police officer in his early twenties. The new series will feature a cast of British and Swedish performers and will feature a story told over serialized six episodes. Yellow Bird, who produced the Branagh series, will produce.
The streamer has also ordered a new French mystery thriller series that offers a new take on how the French Revolution kicked off in late 18th century France. The series is currently unnamed and will consist of eight episodes of 50 minutes each, will be produced by John Doe Productions.
Aurelien Molas (“Red Creek”) created the series in which Joseph Guillotin, creator of the Guillotine, uncovers an unknown virus called ‘The Blue Blood’ which spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion.
Finally, the company has ordered “Criminal,” a new series which only shows what takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite and focuses entirely on the mental tete-a-tete between cop and suspect. George Kay (“Killing Eve”) and Jim Field Smith (“Endeavour) will serve as showrunners.
The procedural will be comprised of twelve unique stories, each 45 minutes in length, set in four different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. Each will be in the local language of the country it takes place in, as well as be written and directed by local creatives.
Filming on all three is slated to begin sometime next year.