With an original script by Laura Suhonen (Hooked, 2015), SECONDS is a suspense-driven disaster drama produced by Fire Monkey. An original story of a tragic disastrous accident co-produced by Finnish major, YLE and sold internationally by REinvent International Sales.
SECONDS will span over 6 episodes with a duration of 50 minutes each. The cast of the series is yet to be announced.
The series is created by screenwriter Laura Suhonen (Hooked, 2019), one of the highest regarded Finnish television writers of recent years, alongside creators Mikko Pöllä and Roope Lehtinen. The six episodes are produced by Saara Kankaanpää (Enemy of the People, 2021) for Fire Monkey in co-production with Finland’s national public broadcasting company, YLE.
A train flies off the tracks in the middle of a small town, sparking an explosion and an enormous fire. Over sixty people die. While the ruins are still smoldering, accident investigator Marita Kaila arrives on the scene.
Rikke Ennis, CEO at REinvent comments on the acquisition: “SECONDS is one of the best genre series scripts I have read and we feel confident that the series will be a great success, not least thanks to the fantastically talented team at Fire Monkey.”
Helene Aurø, Sales & Marketing Director at REinvent International Sales adds: “We see a huge international potential in SECONDS. The catastrophe genre is always sought for and we look very much forward to presenting the series to our international buyers.”
”YLE Drama finds the suspense drama series “Seconds” to be unique in terms of the event environment as well as its insightful narration. Any large scale accident is a broadly shocking event to society and disaster researcher feel pressure from across the wide audience and other authorities to find out what really happened. YLE Drama is happy and proud to once again collaborate with its long-time and ambitious partners Fire Monkey and REinvent in this series that is planned for three seasons.” Says Jarmo Lampela, Head Of Drama YLE.
Roope Lehtinen, Co-creator & Executive Producer, Fire Monkey adds: “Fire Monkey is very excited to move forwards with “Seconds”. Laura Suhonen has written a gripping and thrilling script, which is full of emotion, compelling characters and world-class storytelling. We are really proud of this original and multi-layered concept, so it is great to work with YLE and REinvent to bring it alive for the world to see.”
Shooting start is set for spring 2023.
About Fire Monkey
Fire Monkey is a television drama development and production company creating original content for audiences both in the Nordics and internationally.The Helsinki, Finland based company was founded in 2016, year of the Fire Monkey according to the Chinese zodiac.
REinvent is a packaging, sales and financing studio all in one. REinvent has extensive knowledge of original trends and sales opportunities in both the Scandinavian and international markets and works with high profile European production companies.