The supernatural/thriller/dystopian series is set in Reykjavik in the near future, where the volcano Katla has been erupting for two years, causing damage, health hazards, mutations and strange events. A large-scale crisis breaks out and brings together scientists from abroad who converge on the Icelandic capital.
As with many Nordic stories set in nature, Katla is based on a real threat. Increased earthquake activity has been detected around Katla since the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, ash from which closed European skies to air traffic for days, causing huge travel and commercial disruptions. Icelandic President Ólafur Grímsson warned then that “the time for Katla to erupt is coming close.”
The series will shoot in both English and Icelandic and already has interest for remake rights.
Studiocanal will be co-producing and handling international sales.
Katla is currently in the script stage. It will be produced by Kormakur’s RVK Studios and shot at his upcoming studio, which will be part of a 40,000sqm media centre in Reykjavik. The series will begin shooting in autumn. Kormakur will aim at replicating the same model that he used on Trapped, which enlisted up-and-coming directors, from Iceland and beyond, to work on the show.