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‘Kamikaze’: HBO Europe orders the first Danish original

HBO Europe ordered ‘Kamikaze,’ its first Danish original show. The series is an adaptation of Erlend Loe’s novel, ‘Muleum,’ and will consist of eight episodes.

The series follows Julie, a strong-willed and astoundingly captivating 18-year-old, as she goes through an existential crisis to recover the control of her life. The story starts shortly after her 18th birthday when she receives a text message from her dad. A few seconds later, her parents and her brother die in a plane crash in Uganda. She is now alone in a huge mansion and with, apparently, what everyone wants in her youth: money and beauty. After the tragedy passes, she has to find a reason to go on in a journey that takes her all over the world.

Kamikaze is written by Johanne Algren, who wrote ‘Holiday.’ The show is produced by Ditte Milsted and directed by Annette K. Olesen. Production will begin in January 2020 in Denmark. Hanne Palmquist, Steve Matthews and Antony Root are the exec producers.

Palmquist, one of the executive producers of the show and Vice President of Original Programming, HBO Nordic, said, “Where most Nordic series for young adults are focused on friendships, life at school and the local environment, Kamikaze definitely turns its back on the home turf and takes you on a tour de force out in the world – from Seoul to Mexico, London to the Sahara Desert.”

Ditte Milsted said, “Kamikaze is a wild, edgy and surprising story about a young woman who – because of some horrific circumstances – takes a giant quantum leap into life. It feels like the right thing to produce Kamikaze in collaboration with HBO Nordic, and we believe that this series will both challenge and entertain its audience.”

If everything goes as it should, we’ll see ‘Kamikaze’ in the last few months of 2020.

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