Nordisk Film acquires film rights to bestseller “The Ice”


Nordisk Film has acquired the film rights to John Kåre Raake’s bestseller “The Ice” and is developing an international TV series directed by Roar Uthaug (“The Quake”, “Tomb Raider”).

John Kåre Raake has penned Norwegian blockbusters “The Wave” and “The Quake” and had his debut as a book author with the arctic thriller “The Ice” that had eight publishers fighting for the German rights at the Frankfurt Book Fair. 

“We are very happy that John Kåre Raake will be working with us in turning his novel into an international TV series. It has already had an impact outside Norway and we expect the TV series to do the same,” said Sveinung Golimo, director of Nordisk Film Production Norway. 

“With profiles like John Kåre Raake and Roar Uthaug onboard, this can be huge. It reflects, that we at Nordisk Film strive to work with the biggest Nordic talent,” added producer John Einar Hagen.

John Kåre Raake look forward to working with Nordisk Film and with director Roar Uthaug. 

“I have had many offers from Norway and abroad, but Nordisk Film convinced me in terms of great variety and very skillful people in the organization with a long experience within film and TV series,” said Raake.  

Cold and thrilling

“The Ice” is set at a hovercraft near the North Pole where a former Navy Seal, Anna Aune, lives isolated with scientist Daniel Zacharissen documenting the devastating effects of climate change. 

A nightmarish attack at a nearby Chinese research station where all scientists are covered in ice, break their solitude and suddenly they are fighting for survival – hunted by an ice cold murderer and threatened by a furious polar storm. 

Photo (left to right): Producer John Einar Hagen, author John Kåre Raake and director Roar Uthaug.