Zentropa is planning a feature film to tell the story of the Blekinge Street Gang, the Danish terrorist group which will also be the subject of two TV projects.
Since last year Zentropa has been preparing Blekinge Street, an
original story based on the real-life events 20 years ago scripted by
Lars Kjeldgaard (The Spider), and to be directed by Jacob Thuesen,
whose feature debut, Accused, was selected for the Berlinale.
Thuesen has recently been busy directing Erik Nietzsche-The Early Years,the Lars von Trier-scripted project that will world premiere in Toronto.
Blekingegade will start shooting the new film next year with producer Sisse Graum Jorgensen.
Operating in 1980s Copenhagen out of an apartment in Blekinge Street,
the gang of seven younger men committed a number of robberies, most
notoriously against the Daells Department Store and and the
Kobmagergade post office where a policeman was killed.
The haul totalled $5.4mand was sent to the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation for Palestine). In 1991, the gang members were sentenced to 1-10 years in prison.
Yesterday (Aug 15) Denmark's Social Club Productions, co-owned by
Sweden's Zodiak Television, announced that it has purchased the rights
for Danish author Peter Ovig Knudsen's critically-acclaimed bestseller
for a 12 x 1 hour television series.
At the same time Danish public broadcaster DR has started production
of a documentary on the case, which will be scripted by the author and
directed by head of DR1 documentaries, Anders Riis-Hansen. Supported by the Danish Film Institute, it will be ready next autumn.