Norway-based indie Tindefilm, owned by Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju and wife Gry Molvær Hivju, has inked a co-production deal with UK prodcos Wildflame and Zig Zag Productions to create the unscripted survival series True Viking.
Kristofer (pictured, right), who played Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO drama series, and Gry (left), a TV presenter and director, will host the 10 x 60-minute competition series.
True Viking challenges contestants to execute authentic Viking tasks in the “unsympathetic” Norwegian fjords, taking part in group challenges or going head-to-head in lone survival tasks.
For five weeks, competitors navigate snow-capped mountains on expeditions, smash through layers of ice on frozen lakes to fish, build their own shelters, scavenge and hunt for their food and train as Vikings would for battle.
“Viking history is revered throughout the world. This extreme survival television adventure combines ancient skills with epic endurance set against a breathtaking backdrop. As passionate factual program makers it gives us the opportunity to bring history to life as we’ve never seen it before as we challenge 21st century men and women to step into the world of the most iconic and often feared tribes on earth,” said Paul Islwyn Thomas, CEO of Wildflame Productions, in a statement.
The series will be launched to international buyers at next week’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.