The Legacy is heading to America


Even before its second season has been aired in Denmark, it has been revealed that Danish family drama The Legacy has been sold to the US market. Danish broadcaster DR have signed a deal with the production arm of NBC/Universal, Universal Cable Productions, which will oversee an American version of the hit show with Hypnotic Films & Television as well as finding a US TV station that will air the Danish original.

Directed by Pernilla August and created by Danish author Maya Ilsøe, The Legacy focuses  on a group of adult siblings who, after their wealthy artist matriarch passes succumbs to cancer, enter a bitter feud for her inheritance which brings to light previously hidden secrets, lies and the peculiar circumstances in which they were raised. The series has an all-star cast consisting of Trine Dyrholm, Jesper Christensen, Kirsten Olesen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Marie Bach Hansen. Its second season begins in Denmark in January 2015 and will include new characters played by Rasmus Botoft and Josephine Park.

It is unclear at the time of writing, whether the series will follow the exact lines of the Danish original but it continues the popular trend of converting Nordic Noir into the English language. The Bridge, The Killing and Wallander have all previously been adapted into English language versions both in American and Britain.

The Legacy continues on Sky Arts every Wednesday at 10pm.