Netflix to Produce Danish Series Based on Novel From Creator of ‘The Killing’

Netflix will produce its second Danish original series, “The Chestnut Man,” based on the debut novel by writer Søren Sveistrup (“The Killing”).

The series will debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide. Production is slated to begin in Denmark in 2020 with the executive production team SAM Productions, which is also behind the coming Norwegian Netflix original series “Ragnarok.”

Netflix made the announcement at the Copenhagen TV Festival.

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“The Chestnut Man” is set in the quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery one October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man — evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead — the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung.

“Netflix has shown a strong, genuine interest in my book and I’m excited about the deal and confident that Netflix will be the perfect place for ‘The Chestnut Man,’” said Sveistrup in a statement.

“We are looking very much forward to bringing Søren’s amazing international bestseller to the screen, and we are very excited and proud to announce the continuation of our good collaboration with Netflix,” said Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, executive producer at SAM Productions, in a statement. “The novel has been translated into 28 languages and it’s being published in more than 50 countries, we are therefore thrilled to be able to release this original Danish story, in the Danish language, worldwide with Netflix as our partner.”

“After the success of ‘The Rain,’ we are excited to announce our next Danish Original which will be building on the great tradition of Nordic Noir,” said Tesha Crawford, director Netflix international originals Northern Europe. “We were instantly compelled by the strong story and Søren’s voice. We are happy to continue the collaboration with SAM Productions and are looking forward to bringing ‘The Chestnut Man’ to our global audience.”

“The Chestnut Man” is a character-driven thriller drama and has its roots in the Nordic noir genre. The series is composed of six, 50-minute episodes. The launch date is yet to be announced.

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