Thursday, February 20, 2020


The Valhalla Murders will come to Netflix worldwide March 13th, as Iceland's first Netflix Original Series. I'm very excited to see the reaction from people around the world!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


The film UNA (Recurrence), written by Marteinn Thorsson and me, is in full pre-production mode. It had a few "test" shooting days last December, with principal photography planned to start in September. It's produced by Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir.
Marteinn Thorsson also serves as the director, while the script is based on a novel by me from 2012. I'm looking forward to bring you more news about this exciting project.

Monday, February 3, 2020


The Valhalla Murders is now being shown on DR - the Danish national broadcasting company. Fun times.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Valhalla Murders

The Valhalla Murders started airing in Iceland this Christmas, to very positive feedback.

Tonight, the third episode is on the Icelandic National Broadcasting service (RÚV), and later this month, it will air on the BBC and DR, before hitting Netflix in March.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

La Vanguardia

Yesterday I was in the Spanish/Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, talking about Scandinavian culture in Barcelona, The Valhalla Murders, writing, and some other things. It's in Catalan.

Friday, November 29, 2019

BBC Culture

Fun to see that BBC Culture puts The Valhalla Murders on its list of ten TV shows to watch this December.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


The trailer for the TV series BROT (The Valhalla Murders) is out! I'm the head writer of the series and really excited for it to air.

To see the trailer, click here. It's in Icelandic, but the international one will be aired later.

The series will air in Iceland on the 26th of December, and internationally on Netflix in March 2020.

For news about the series, you can check out its Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Haunted

I've been developing the first Icelandic horror series for the past couple of months with director Thor Saevarsson.

It's an eight-episode series and we're calling it The Haunted. Icelandic production companies True North and Mystery will produce.

Hope to bring you more news about this exciting project in the coming months!

New Novel

I've made a publishing deal for my next novel, with Iceland's biggest publishing house, named Forlagið.

The novel, titled Dimmuborgir (Dark Cities), will be published in April next year. I'm really looking forward to it, as I've not published a novel now in almost five years.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

News about UNA

The producer of UNA (Recurrence) is in an interview at Nordisk Film and TV Fond, talking about her projects, including UNA. Here's the interview, and here's the part about UNA:

"Meanwhile Thórhannesdóttir’s majority Icelandic feature project Recurrence (Una) by Marteinn Thórsson (XL) is currently in pre-production. The supernatural thriller based on a script by Thórsson and Óttar M. Nordfjörd (The Valhalla Murders) centres on Una (22), whose son disappeared a year ago and is presumed dead. After a suicide attempt, a sinister creature appears and Una starts to live a parallel story that happened a hundred years ago, a story of rape, violence and murder, linked to another Una.

“The film will mark Thorsson’s return to genre-filmmaking and be in the vein of his earlier film One Point Zero which competed at Sundance [2004] and was subsequently sold to more than 40 territories. He will also gather some of the talent who worked with him on One Point Zero such as Udo Kier”, says the producer. 
 The €2.8m project is co-produced by Sweden’s Anagram and France’s Frozen Frogs, with support from the Icelandic Film Centre. The Yellow Affair will handle international sales; Sena the domestic release."

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

News on The Hidden

This was announced in this year's Berlinale; exciting news about a script I've been working on for the past years. If all goes well, it'll be shooting later this year.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Netflix Deal

I'm happy to tell you that Netflix has bought the international screening rights to a TV series I've been working on for the past couple of years. The deal was announced at the Gothenburg film festival and reported by Variety. The series is called The Valhalla Murders and is currently filming. It will premier in Iceland in December, and be on Netflix sometime in 2020.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Columnist

I've become a columnist for the Icelandic weekly-newspaper Mannlíf, writing column every few weeks. It's a fun new job, not too stressful, where I get to express my opinion on whatever topic I see fit. My first column was about Icelander's obsession with exercising outside in the cold, while I like taking it easy inside instead. The column is here and in Icelandic.

Spanish Interview

 I did an interview recently, in Barcelona, with a Spanish writer/journalist who lives in Iceland. The interview is in Spanish and can be found here.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Favorite books

I was in a small column in the Icelandic newspaper Mannlíf about my favorite books, or those who've influenced me to most. Since it's impossible to answer, I named the first book that I remember affected me, and the last one - The Brothers Lionheart by the amazing Astrid Lindgren, and the fantastic Call me by your Name by André Aciman.

Monday, August 13, 2018

New Novel

I've finished my next novel. I started it around five years ago, but had to put it on ice for various film projects. However, I finally managed to finish it the other day and hope it gets published next year. It's in Icelandic and called Dimmuborgir (Dark Cities), inspired by true events of a bullying case in Reykjavik in the late 90s. It's a coming-of-age thriller.

The title comes from this mysterious but beautiful place.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

The TV series I've been working on, The Valhalla Murders, received funding from the Nordisk Film and TV Fond. Very honored, and very honored to be part of the fine team making this series:

"The Valhalla Murders produced by Iceland’s Truenorth for RÚV was granted NOK 2.5 million. The 8x50’ crime show is created and directed by Þórður Pálsson from a screenplay by Margrét Örnólfsdóttir (Trapped 2, Prisoners), written in association with crime author and poet Óttar M. Norðfjörð.

Icelandic born police profiler Arnar who lives in Denmark, is asked to go back to his native country to investigate the first serial killer case. He teams up with the local senior inspector Kata who resents his arrival, as she is the lead detective on the case. The murders don’t seem to have much in common until they connect it to a home for troubled boys dated back to the 1980’s.

In the title roles are Nína Dögg Filippudóttir (Trapped, Prisoners) and Björn Thors (Prisoners). Top crew personel include production designer Heimir Sverrisson (Adrift, The Oath), DoP Arni Filippusson (Prisoners, Either Way), and Bafta award-winning editor Valdis Oskarsdottir (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Prisoners).

The series is produced by Iceland’s Kristinn Thordarson and Leifur B. Dagfinnsson of Truenorth, with David Oskar Olafsson of Mystery Production. DR Sales handles world sales. Filming is set to start on October 9, 2018 with a delivery in the fall 2019."

Friday, April 13, 2018

DR (Danish Broadcasting)

Here's an article in Danish about DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (produced TV series like The Bridge, The Killing). It's handling the international sales for the TV series I'm writing, The Valhalla murders, and that's already been sold to 12 countries, according to DR Sales.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

UNA (Recurrence)

UNA will start it's pre-production in May, to start shooting early 2019. The project has also been selected for Focus Asia in Udine. More here.

The concept drawing is done by art director Solrun Ósk.

Friday, April 6, 2018

TV Series

A TV series I've been working on for over a year with some very talented people got a production grant from the Icelandic Film Center. The Icelandic Broadcasting Service (RÚV), the Danish Broadcasting Service (DR), and a few other international TV channels are already on board.

The grant is 50.000.000 Icelandic Krona, or around 410.000 Euros.

The series, titled The Valhalla Murders, is planned to go into pre-production in May, and start shooting in August. Very excited about this!