Shades of Blue Creator Adi Hasak Preps Supernatural Anthology


Adi Hasak, creator of Shades of Blue and Eyewitness, has landed a straight-to-series order from Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) for the character-driven supernatural anthology series The Box.

Hasak will serve as showrunner on the series and has written or co-written all eight half-hour episodes. International Emmy Award winner Anna Friel (Marcella) is on board to star in the series, which will premiere on Viaplay in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Friel will play the lead role of Sharon Pici, a Kansas City police detective who is locked in a room that she cannot escape. While the series begins as a character-driven psychological thriller, it quickly evolves into a supernatural nightmare.

Production will begin in February 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden. The series is produced by Nice Drama.

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group’s chief content officer, commented: “Over the next five years, we will launch Viaplay in 15 additional markets, where a compelling combination of international and local original content will be a key part of our offering. Creating this intriguing, high-impact new series with world-class talents such as Anna Friel and Adi Hasak is yet another statement of storytelling intent from NENT Group.”

Hasak stated: “I’m simply thrilled at how our show came together. An American show, a top-notch and dynamic Nordic streamer and studio in NENT, and a remarkably talented British actress in Anna Friel. This is truly the future of global TV.”

Friel added: “I am excited to be working with NENT Group on such a fascinating project. Looking forward to the cameras rolling and going on this journey with Adi.”