DRG Acquires Rights To Happy Noir Police Procedural ‘For Life’

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DRG has secured the international distribution rights to For Life, Norway’s first police procedural that will feature elements of joy, humour, warmth and hope – dubbed Happy Noir by producer Håkon Briseid.

Commissioned by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, For Life tells the story of Victoria Woll a hardened National Crime Service investigator, across two different timelines: in the present, where it’s her job to solve cases and put criminals behind bars, and in the future, where she is in prison.

Every episode will feature a present-day, exciting standalone case as its main story, along with new pieces to the continuing puzzle that is Victoria and why she is fighting for her freedom a few years down the line. The eight episode series, which was created by Gjermund S. Eriksen, is produced by Monster and stars Tone Mostraum, Iselin Shumba, Ingar Helge Gimle, Judy Karanja, Hallvard Holmen, Vidar Sandem and Mattis Herman Nyquist. DRG and the Norwegian Film Institute are providing investment,

For Life aims to turn Scandi Noir on its head. “There are many brilliant Scandi Noir shows in the market, including Gjermund S. Eriksen’s previous series Mammon, but we want to show that Nordic high production values and clever storylines don’t’ always have to be dark, gloomy and founded in fear and anxiety”, Golden Nymph award-winning producer Håkon Briseid explains. “For Life will also have joy, humour, warmth and hope – adding new layers of contrast to the episodic crime universe. In this way, we hope what we are terming a ‘Happy Noir’ approach can build a more complete emotional experience for viewers.”

DRG’s acquisition of For Life comes after the company recently secured international rights to both The White Wall and 22 July. “Monster and NRK have an enviable track record for producing entertaining and gripping drama so this refreshingly different police procedural, created by the very talented Gjermund S. Erikson, was immediately something in which DRG wanted to invest”, said Dave Clarke, DRG’s EVP of Content. “Strong Scandinavian scripted titles have worked well for us in the international marketplace, and we are confident that by having a different style of Nordic drama on offer, this series will attract early interest as we take it out for pre-sale at MIPTV this year.”