Advertisement

‘The Scarab Flies at Dusk’ Getting Series Adaptation From Fifth Season-Backed Nordic Drama Queens (EXCLUSIVE)

Beloved Swedish classic novel “The Scarab Flies at Dusk” is being adapted into a premium family adventure series produced by Nordic Drama Queens, the top-notch production label backed by Fifth Season.

Swedish broadcaster SVT has already commissioned the show whose starry cast will be led by Tomas von Brömssen (“My Life as a Dog”), Pernilla August (“‘The Best Intentions”) Dag Malmberg (“The Bridge”) and Lena Endre (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”). Fifth Season is handling worldwide sales on the series and is introducing it to potential buyers attending the Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision.

More from Variety

“Afterglow” filmmaker Atle Knudsen will be directing the series, which is penned by celebrated authors Ditta Bongenhielm (“Bonus Family) and Lovisa Milles (“Jordskott).

“The Scarab Flies at Dusk” will be filmed in Västra Götaland and produced by Nordic Drama Queens in collaboration with SVT, Film i Väst, TV2 Norway, Monster AS and DR (Danmarks Radio) in association with Fifth Season, and with funding from the Norwegian Film Institute and the Nordic Film & TV Fund.

Producers are Nordic Drama Queen’s Helen Ahlsson and Josefine Tengblad. The show is executive produced by Line Winther Skyum Funch for Nordic Drama Queens and Cathrine Simonsen for Monster AS.

Set in the small Swedish town of Ringaryd in Småland during the summer of 1976, “The Scarab Flies at Dusk” follows three children (played by Hjalmar Löfmark Yilmaz, Moa Nåsander and Einar Alvarado Lönberg) who are drawn into a mystery involving a 3,000-year-old cursed Egyptian statue, which has been hidden at the old Selanderska estate for centuries.

“Our ambition with ‘The Scarab Flies at Dusk’ is to transform this beloved classic, into a modern and top-class drama that will bring the whole family together for an emotional ride,” Ahlsson said. “At the heart of the series will be the theme that everything we do matters and that everything is connected – including humans, nature and ecology – and we hope this message will resonate with audiences worldwide during these challenging times.”

“The Scarab Flies at Dusk” was originally created as a radio play in 1976 by Maria Gripe and the Oscar-nominated Kay Pollak (“As It Is in Heaven”). The series will premiere on SVT and its streamer SVT Play in Sweden in 2025.

Best of Variety

Sign up for Variety’s Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.