‘Modus Operandi’ Crime Novels To Be Adapted For Television


Anne Holt’s Vik/Stubø novels will become an 8-part crime drama

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond have supported Miso Films with a grant for a new crime show.

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond is an initiative that was launched in 1990 with its mission to provide financial support for film and TV productions across the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. From FremantleMedia, Danish writers Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe, whose previous writing credits include The Protectors and Unit One, starring Mads Mikkelsen, adapt Modus Operandi. The show will be co-produced by Miso Film, in collaboration with Sweden‘s TV4 and Germany’s Nadcon.

The production notably pools together a range of Scandinavian talent who have worked on other prolific Nordic Noir programmes. The crew behind the scenes include: Director Lisa Siwe (from The Bridge); Director of Photography Linda Wassberg (The Legacy); Set Decorator Ulrika von Vegesack (Iron Sky); Costume Designer Cilla Rörby (The Millennium Trilogy); as well as Editor Michal Leszcztlowski (from Arne Dahl and The Sacrifice).

Based on the series of five crime novels from acclaimed Norwegian author Anne Holt, Modus Operandi was awarded the highest ‘NOK 2 million’ grant to transform the stories into a captivating 8-episode season. The December allocations for the entire ‘NOK5.3 million’ fund was distributed to five other projects, including a feature-length film from Finland Greetings from Moscow, a Swedish documentary Mona Lisa Story, a Danish documentary Venus and another television series Trio-The Kepler Diamonds; a mystery show for young adults.

Details regarding the plot of Modus Operandi are unconfirmed. However, the series arc revolves around the central characters Johanne Vik and Adam Stubø. Vik is a psychology professor at the University of Oslo, who has also practiced as an FBI profiler in the past. Due to her impressive acumen, detective inspector Stubø enlists her help in solving his most enigmatic cases.

Modus Operandi is scheduled to begin filming in early 2015.