Viaplay has partnered with Swedish crime author Emelie Schepp for a six-part adaptation of her novel Jana—Marked for Life.
The series centers on public prosecutor and former child soldier Jana Berzelius, who is investigating the murder of a high-ranking official at the Swedish Migration Agency. When the main suspect is also found dead, Jana immediately recognizes something on the body.
The adaptation, produced by FLX in co-production with Viaplay, is being directed by Felix Herngren (The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared) and Henrik Björn (Jordskott). Writers are Maria Karlsson (Snabba Cash), Daniel Sawka (Icebox) and Charlotte Lesche (The Lawyer). The series is supported by Norrköpings Filmfond.
Schepp said: “I’m honored and happy that my books about Jana Berzelius will become a Viaplay series. It’s a privilege to work with Felix Herngren and Henrik Björn, and FLX has done a brilliant job with the casting. I can’t wait to see the result.”
Filippa Wallestam, Viaplay Group Chief Content Officer, added: “There are good reasons why Emelie Schepp has been named Sweden’s top thriller writer three years in a row and sold over 3 million books across 30 countries. Her stories are taut and unsettling, and Jana is an intriguing character. With Viaplay soon available directly to Nordic noir fans in 13 countries, this is an ideal time for Emelie’s unique heroine to step onto the screen.”