Lars von Trier Heads to TV with ‘The House That Jack Built’

By September 1, 2014

Few filmmakers are more controversial than Danish director Lars von Trier. Now the director of racy, subversive, abstract, and violent films like Antichrist, Nymphomaniac, Melancholia, and Dogville is heading to the small screen.

Deadline has word from the Venice Film Festival (where both volumes of the sexual saga Nymphomaniac had a director’s cut screening out of competition) that von Trier is working on a television series that executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen says is “without precedent.”

The project is called “The House That Jack Built,” and it will be an English-language show that will have a “huge” international cast. No specific names were mentioned, but it will likely be awhile before we hear more news on the project because a script is just now being written and likely won’t go before cameras until sometime in 2016.

Lars von Trier

No plot details are available at this time but Jensen cautions, “You better hold your breath.” In addition Vesth also mentioned at the press conference, “He has a really, really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see it again.”

That’s a lot of hype for a project that’s so far away, but when it comes to a filmmaker like Lars von Trier venturing into television, that calls for some pomp and circumstance. Of course, if this project is in line with the director’s previous work, we’re not sure if many networks would be interested. If von Trier doesn’t hold back, then likely HBO and Showtime would be the only places the series would be comfortable. Or maybe Netflix wants to try their hand at something like this that may end up being controversial and have people tuning in just to see what all the fuss is about. It’s tough to say when we don’t know what the series is about, but we’ll do our best to keep you posted.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.