Entertainment16 October 2019
16 October 2019 - During The Frankfurter Buchmesse Netflix today announced Anxious People, a new Swedish Netflix dramedy based on Fredrik Backman’s book of the same name and produced by FLX, the production company behind [Sweden only: Kristallen-vinnaren] Quicksand and upcoming Love & Anarchy. The series will be directed by Felix Herngren, creator and director of Bonus Family. Screenwriter is Camilla Ahlgren, the head writer of The Bridge and Quicksand.
”My wife and I feel that FLX has in the past few years shown a tremendous range not only in their comedies, but especially in their dramas, and so we are truly glad and proud that they wish to take on this particular story. Felix Herngren is an extraordinary storyteller with a unique sense of comedy who is a dream to work with. Camilla Ahlgren understands the fragile and messy parts of humans and writes real people, not just characters. This book could not be in better hands.” says Fredrik Backman.
Anxious People is an unreasonably riotous comedy about a hostage drama during an open house. A failed bank robber locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic real estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a damn rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is...empty.
In a series of dysfunctional testimonies afterwards, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened, whereupon a classic puzzle mystery develops around the questions: How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And: What is WRONG with people these days?
“Fredrik Backman has a unique sense and ability to portray people and to find interesting stories that reflect Sweden. It will be a privilege to shape this amazing book together with Camilla Ahlgren. Furthermore, it feels great to continue our collaboration with Netflix, which will make this fantastic story come to life to the global audience,” says Felix Herngren.
Tesha Crawford, Director of International Originals Netflix Northern Europe: “We are very happy to continue the great collaboration with FLX after launching our first Swedish series Quicksand earlier this year. It will be exciting to see how comedy and drama will come together in this new series, with Felix Herngren directing and Camilla Ahlgren writing. We really look forward to seeing how they will bring Fredrik Backman’s much loved story to life in a new and thrilling way.”
Fredrik Backman made his literary debut in 2012 with the global sensation A Man Called Ove. Wickedly funny, touching and wise, his novels are odysseys of the ordinary man and woman, and stunningly moving tales of everyday courage. To date Fredrik Backman has written six highly acclaimed novels, two heartfelt novellas about life and love, and one non-fiction book about parenthood. His books have sold more than 12 million copies in 46 countries and the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Anxious people will be produced by FLX, Fatima Varhos and executive producers Pontus Edgren and Martina Håkansson. Executive producers are also Fredrik Backman, Neda Backman and Tor Jonasson, from Salomonsson Agency.
FLX is one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing production companies in TV drama, feature films and commercials. Drama series released in 2019 include “Quicksand”, the first Swedish original series for Netflix, finance thriller “Blinded”, “Bonus Family season 3”, “The Simple Heist season 2”, and “Sunny Side season 6”. Releases in 2020 include the features “Jönssonligan” directed by Tomas Alfredson, 'Day by day’ directed by Felix Herngren, ’Bert’s diary, directed by Michael Lindgren and Netflix Original series ’Love and Anarchy’ created by Lisa Lanseth’. FLX is owned by SF studios, Felix Herngren and Pontus Edgren.
About Salomonsson Agency:
Salomonsson Agency was founded in 2000 and is today the leading literary agency in northern Europe. The agency represents Nordic authors of literary fiction, crime fiction, children’s fiction and narrative non-fiction worldwide. In addition, Salomonsson Agency represents a curated list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful screenwriters, directors and composers working in Scandinavia and around the world.
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