A deal has been reached between RVK Studios and Buccaneer Media in the UK for the production of a television drama series about the so-called Guðmundur and Geirfinnur case.
British journalist Simon Cox will be among the production team, as he has investigated the decades-old case very closely, including for extensive coverage by the BBC.
RVK Studios, the production company of Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, will take lead role in making the program. Baltasar has himself met several of those sentenced in the extraordinary 1970s case—all of whom still maintain their innocence. Baltasar believes he has a responsibility to tell their stories, RÚV reported.
The show will be in English. The scriptwriter will be John Brownlow, who has written, among other things, the script of a television program about Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond.
The disappearances of Guðmundur and Geirfinnur will be center stage, but viewers will also get a taste of life elsewhere in Iceland in 1974.
The country was new to the feeling of being under the international spotlight and was enjoying the attention, for the most part. The Cod Wars fishing dispute with Britain were playing out and millions around the world were following the biggest chess match of all time, between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, live from Reykjavík—a metaphor for the whole Cold War, concentrated down to one table in one room in the North Atlantic.