Disney+ to adapt ‘To Cook A Bear’ as first Nordic original

Disney+ has commissioned an adaptation of Swedish author Mikael Niemi’s murder mystery novel To Cook A Bear as its first Nordic original.

Written for the screen by Jesper Harrie and produced by Miira Paasilinna, Martin Person and Mia Welin at Anagram Sweden, the six-part series takes place in the summer of 1852 in the village of Kengis, far north in Sweden.

When the body of a shepherd girl is found in a bog, the villagers set out in search of the killer bear they think is on the rampage. However, the newly arrived pastor is suspicious and believes there may be another explanation.

Not long after, another girl is found dead, and he joins forces with an impoverished Sami boy to investigate the terrible incident.

“We are incredibly proud to announce the very first Disney+ Nordic Original production. To Cook A Bear has everything we want to offer our adult audience; a deep, rich story set in a truly grand Nordic Noir scenery. I am confident it will find its way to the hearts of audiences in and well beyond the Nordics, and we can’t wait to bring it to them” said Vibeke Lia, director of programming & production, The Walt Disney Company Nordic & Baltic.

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