How much more Scandinavian content is there to remake?

The Bridge

So today’s news brings us not one but two Scandinavian crime remakes. First, we have the US’s Lifetime channel remaking Denmark’s Lulu and Leon, which sees a woman take over her husband’s criminal empire when he is put behind bars.

We also now have Sky Atlantic co-producing a remake [subscription required] with Kudos and France’s Canal+ of Sweden and Denmark’s The Bridge. Presumably it’s going to be The Chunnel/Le tunnel sous la Manche) and have exciting cultural clashes in both French and English between the reserved, rules-bound English detective and the more rules-free, salt of the earth French detective (Jean-Hugues Anglade from Canal+’s Braquo gets my vote).

There’s already quite a platter of English-language remakes of Scandinavian shows now, particularly in the US, what with The Killing already on its second season on AMC, Those Who Kill being remade by A&E, NBC remaking Borgen and so on.

Is there much left? Does anyone know? Any predictions on what the next remake will be, those who know?

  • Lisa Rullsenberg

    I like your take on this remake business of The Bridge, but really am getting quite tired of WHY things have to be remade.� I get it when you use it as a kicking off point, take it into its own direction, but really… I'd sooner watch the subtitles…