The Legacy is headed for US homes
An American version of Arvingerne will look to replicate the success of Danish shows like The Killing and Borgen.
Published: 15 July 2014 13:53 CEST
In the original version of The Legacy, Signe Larsen discovers the mother she never knew. Photo: Martin Lehmann/DR
Yet another Danish television programme is headed to American living rooms.
Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Universal Cable Productions has bought the rights to the Danmarks Radio programme The Legacy (Arvingerne).
Doug Liman, who is behind such hit films at Swingers, Mr & Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity, will helm the American remake.
"The Legacy features the kind of extraordinary characters that are truly unique even as they remind us of some of our favourite (and craziest) relatives,” Liman told Hollywood Reporter.
Arvingerne is based on the family fallout following the death of a well-known artist. After their mother dies, four adult children find that her inheritance opens the doors to all kinds of family secrets.
The show’s first season was a major success for DR, and the second season is due to hit Danish TV screens in January 2015.
Arvingerne will be the latest in a long lime of Danish programmes to make their way to American viewers.
An American remake of the hit Danish show The Killing (Forbrydelsen) had mixed success Stateside. The series was twice cancelled by AMC but was picked up by Netflix for a fourth and final season that will air next month.
The political drama Borgen is set to be remade for the US market by writer and producer Adam Price, while an American version of The Bridge (Broen) is currently airing its second season on FX.
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