Icelandic Director Plans Dystopian Series Centered On Volcano

By February 21, 2017

If you’ve never heard of Katla, Baltasar Kormakur is looking to change that.

The Icelandic filmmaker is prepping a new dystopian series around the actual volcano in his home country which, according to Variety, could spell the end of the world all by itself.

The … series is set in Reykjavik in a near future where Katla has been erupting for two years, causing damage, health hazards, alarming mutations and strange events. A large-scale crisis breaks out and brings together scientists from abroad who converge on the Icelandic capital. 

The series will include both English-speaking and Icelandic actors, according to the trade publication. Kormakur, who directed Everest in 2015, likes the idea of Katla because it focuses on an area with about 300,000 people that welcomes more than 2 million tourists each year.

The series is based on a real threat. Increased earthquake activity has been detected around Katla since the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, ash from which closed European skies to air traffic for days, causing huge travel and commercial disruptions. Icelandic president Olafur Grimsson warned then that “the time for Katla to erupt is coming close.”

The volcano stands nearly 5,000 feet high, and has not had a violent eruption in nearly a century. However, scientists do believe there have been smaller eruptions over the years, the most recent one in 2011, which did not break the ice that covers the top.

The name itself is derived from the word “kettle,” which some say describes the shape of the volcano.

No networks have been attached to the project, although Cinemax has expressed interest. Kormakur is set to direct the pilot, if one gets ordered, and likely will involve other directors from his home country.

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