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Icelandic Hit TV Series Americanized

American Screenwriter Adam Barr, who has written screenplays for hit series like Desperate Housewives and Will & Grace, has made an adaptation of the Icelandic hit television series Naeturvaktin (Nightshift) for the US market.

According to Kjartan Thór Thórdarson, managing director of Icelandic film production company Saga Film, it has not been decided whether a pilot episode based on the screenplay will be made, but a decision will be announced shortly, Fréttabladid reports.

The director and co-writer of the Icelandic series, Ragnar Bragason, has read the screenplay and explained that changes have been made to the main characters to make them more suitable for American television.

The name of likable loser Ólafur Ragnar has been changed to Tommy, otherwise his character remains largely unchanged. “He is the manager of some band and it doesn’t really surprise me that he went ‘unpolluted’ into the screenplay since he is the American dream in the flesh,” Bragason said.

However, nerdy med-school drop-out Daníel has turned into a hunk who is playing the field, and there might be a potential love triangle in the US version of the series. His name remains unchanged, though.

Bragason said the third main character, the know-it-all communist Georg Bjarnfredarson, went through a complete makeover. He was turned into a so-called survivalist.

The American Nightshift will take place in a gas station in a Los Angeles suburb, as opposed to the dark Reykjavík winter.

Click here to read more about the Nightshift.

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