Variety is reporting that Netflix have given a series order for drama series Clark, which will see Bill Skarsgård portray Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson.
The series will consist of six episodes and is based on Olofsson’s autobiography ‘Vafan var det som hände’ and will chart Clark’s early years until the present day. Referred to as a ‘celebrity gangster’, Olofsson started his criminal career in the 1960’s and became on of the most controversial personalities in Swedish history. Over the years, Clark gave rise to the concept of Stockholm Syndrome, managed to escape prisons and committed robberies all over Europe.
The series is set to be directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who released a statement saying:
Clark is the story about the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life… It’s an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face to the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it isn’t just about the Norrmalmstorg Robbery. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and will bring the Stockholm Syndrome to the role.
Bill Skarsgård also commented on the project, saying:
Clark’s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush.
Skarsgård also described Olofsson as ‘one of Sweden’s most colourful and fascinating individuals’ and said he accepted ‘this challenge with delight mingled with terror’.
Netflix’s director of International Originals in Northern Europe, Tesha Crawford, said:
The company could not imagine a better team than (Jonas Åkerlund and Bill Skarsgård) to tell the complex story about Clark Olofsson and how he became one of the most controversial personalities in modern Swedish times.
The Swedish-language series is being produced by Scandinavian Content Group, with Bill Skarsgård serving as executive producer alongside Jonas Åkerlund and Hans Engholm. Börje Hansson and Patrick Sobieski will serve as producers under the Scandinavian Content Group banner. The series will be written Jonas Åkerlund, Fredrik Agetoft and Peter Arrhenius.