Dramacorp-Pampas Studios has landed the rights to develop Swedish author Jan Guillou’s The Great Century book series for television.
The first installment of the period drama will focus on three siblings, sons of a poor fisherman, following them from humble beginnings on a small Norwegian island, through the run-up to World War I, as they start to build a family dynasty across Norway, Sweden and Germany. The head writer on the project is Petter Skavlan.
This is Dramacorp-Pampas Studios’s second collaboration with Guillou after adapting his Hamilton spy-thriller novels into Agent Hamilton.
Patrick Nebout, executive producer of Dramacorp-Pampas Studios, said: “With Jan Guillou’s gripping family saga spanning several generations and countries, it’s safe to say we’re in for the long haul. I can think of no other writer than Jan who has explored in such scale and depth the complex bonds between Scandinavia and Germany in the early 20th century—and no other screenwriter than Petter Skavlan, with his passion for larger-than-life drama, who would be capable of bringing this once-in-a-generation project to life. This is Scandinavia’s answer to The Crown or South and North, with a modern tone and take. We’re now set to find the best home and partners for this extraordinary project.”