The highly acclaimed and multi-award winning film director and screenwriter, Michael Haneke is teaming up with FremantleMedia’s UFA Fiction to create his first ever TV series, KELVIN’S BOOK. Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict will serve as executive producers for UFA Fiction on the series.
The English language, ten part, high concept series is set in a dystopian world and will tell the adventurous story of a group of young people in a not too distant future. During a flight, they are forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home and are confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time.
Michael Haneke said: “After ten TV-movies and twelve films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once.”
Often described as one of the greatest film artists of our time, Michael Haneke has achieved a collection of prestigious accolades during his career. The auteur won multiple awards for his screenplays Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Caché, gained two Oscar nominations for The White Ribbon, and became one of the only directors to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or award for two consecutive features The White Ribbon and Amour. Following its Palme d’Or win, the French language Amour also received five Oscars nominations, including Best Picture, and went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA. He has also won eight European Film Awards for Hidden, The White Ribbon and Amour.
Commenting on the partnership, Nico Hofmann, CEO of UFA said; “No contemporary director has moved and inspired me more than Michael Haneke. Kelvin’s Book is an extraordinarily rich, gripping and ambitious story. With contemporary themes and a reflection of the digital age that we live in, there’s no better time for this project. We’re privileged to be working with the esteemed Michael Haneke to bring his creative and unique vision to international audiences.”
The new collaboration with Michael Haneke is the latest in FremantleMedia’s creative partnerships. Over the past few years, the company has partnered with talented screenwriters including Paolo Sorrentino for Golden Globe nominated The Young Pope, Neil Gaiman for the global hit series American Gods and Neil Cross for the BBC and Hulu co-production, Hard Sun.
FremantleMedia made its first foray into high-end drama in 2013 with the globally celebrated and International Emmy award-winning Deutschland 83, which was produced UFA Fiction, and has since invested in some of the most talented drama producers around the world. As well as FremantleMedia’s global in-house drama producers, companies such as Miso Film across Scandinavia, Abot Hameiri in Israel, Dancing Ledge in the UK, Fontaram and Kwai in France, Wildside in Italy, Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It TV in the UK and Easy Tiger in Australia all sit in the FremantleMedia drama family.