Possible TV series to be set on the North Shore

Duluth News Tribune

sundstol_land coverA television series based on a trilogy by a Norwegian writer who set his stories in Northern Minnesota is in the works, according to Variety.

Slingshot Global Media and producer Tomas Backstrom have cut a deal to develop a crime drama based on Vidar Sundstol's "Minnesota Trilogy," the entertainment trade magazine reported earlier this week.

Riki McManus, director of the Upper Midwest Film Office, said she has been in contact with Backstrom about the "Minnesota Trilogy" for the past few years. After hearing he had gotten his financing, she said she contacted him.

"We reached out to say 'What would you like to do first? Would you like pictures or to send up a scout?'" McManus said.

Sundstol's trilogy includes "The Land of Dreams," "Only the Dead" and "The Ravens," which were published by the University of Minnesota Press. It opens with Lance Hansen — a cop and local historian — who stumbles on a homicide near Father Baraga's Cross in Schroeder. The story includes two naked Norwegian tourists (one dead), a Norwegian detective, Hansen's brother and a web of small-town Minnesota characters.

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