SCREENDAILY: Ole Bornedal starts shooting ’Nightwatch’ sequel for TrustNordisk

By Wendy Mitchell




TrustNordisk has boarded international sales for Ole Bornedal’s thriller sequel Nightwatch – Demons Are Forever. The sequel to the hit 1994 film is now shooting in Denmark with a cast led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The original Nightwatch had more than 465,000 admissions in Denmark and played in Cannes Critics’ Week, Toronto and Berlinale. A US remake starred Ewan McGregor and Nick Nolte. The original story was about a serial killer and a young law student (Coster-Waldau) working the night shift at a Copenhagen hospital.

Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) again stars, alongside two other castmates from the original – Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) and Ulf Pilgaard (Borgen) as well as Fanny Bornedal (Borgen), Paprika Steen (Silent Heart), Sonja Richter (The Keeper of Lost Causes), Alex Høgh Andersen (Vikings) and Christopher Læssø (The Square).

The story follows a young medical student who is on the nightwatch at a forensic department; she is haunted by her parents’ troubled past and the psychopath who destroyed their lives. She decides to wake the psychopath from his coma and awakens bloody revenge.

Thomas Heinesen produces for Nordisk Film Production. The film is supported by The Danish Film Institute, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje and Nordisk Film & TV Fond in collaboration with DR, ZDF and Nadcon.

Nightwatch – Demons Are Forever is being readied for a Christmas 2023 release in Denmark.

TrustNordisk has an English-language version of the script available for buyers.

Bornedal said of the sequel: “Nightwatch is about legacy. About the silence in families. About the traumas and cuts and wounds that are allowed to live through generations. And in addition, it is exciting to return to the condensed genre that horror is. Kiss the demons - pull them into the light for a little moment. Look them in the eyes and think: “Good thing it’s only a film”.


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