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Netflix announced today Katla, its first Icelandic Original series, which will be directed by multiple award winner Baltasar Kormákur.

Baltasar Kormákur
Baltasar Kormákur — Photo by Lilja Jons for RVK Studios, courtesy of Netflix

Set against the beautiful scenery of Iceland, Katla is a new grounded sci-fi series created by internationally recognized and acclaimed director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, The Deep) and writer Sigurjón Kjartansson (Trapped, Case).

One year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, the peace and tranquility in the small town of Vik is dramatically disturbed. As people evacuate the area, the ice near the volcano starts to melt. The few remaining people manage to provide necessary community service. But despite its grand location, the area turns out to be somewhat apocalyptic — mysterious elements that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times start to emerge from the melting ice and cause consequences no one could have ever foreseen.

Said Baltasar Kormákur about the project:

“It‘s an exciting challenge to embark on this journey on Katla with Netflix and we‘re honored to be the first Icelandic production team to be commissioned to deliver a full series. Katla is a unique and ambitious sci-fi project that has been in development within my company, RVK Studios, for a few years, and we‘re delighted that it now has been picked up by Netflix.”

Added Tesha Crawford, Director, Netflix International Originals Northern Europe:

“Iceland has been the home for so many series and films over the years. We are excited to be able to feature it’s breathtaking surroundings in a story that is so grounded in Icelandic themes. Working with such an acclaimed talent like Baltasar Kormákur makes this project a perfect set up for us. We can’t wait to see this story come to life and bring it to our members all across the globe.”

The eight part series is written by Sigurjón Kjartansson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Davíð Már Stefánsson, and will be produced by RVK Studios (Virgin Mountain, Trapped).

Production on Katla will start in 2020, and the series will launch on Netflix worldwide (date tba).

You can add Katla to your queue now.

Stay tuned for updates.



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Katla: Baltasar Kormákur to Direct First Icelandic Netflix Original Series
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