EXCLUSIVE: Leonard Cohen’s relationship with muse Marianne Ihlen comes under the microscope in a 1960s drama co-production for Norwegian TV station NRK.
UK’s Buccaneer Media (marcella, criminality) and day and Lilyhammer Oslo-based writer Øystein Karlsen’s Redpoint Productions co-produced See you soon, Marianne with Connect3 Media of Canada.
The 8×45 minute series is billed by the producers as an “intimate” story of “two equally lonely people falling in love at a time in their lives when they are still trying to figure out who they are”.
Buccanneer is going to Mip TV in Cannes this week to attract distributors and broadcasters.
The majority of the series will be set on the Greek island of Hydra where the pair met before beginning a rocky relationship that inspired the late singer-songwriter to write songs such as “So Long, Marianne “, “That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” and “Bird on the Wire”.
Scenes will also take place in Ihlen’s hometown of Oslo, as well as London, New York and Montreal. Connect3, backed by Cineflix Media, is handling the Canadian elements of the production, which is set to begin in February 2023. Buccaneer, founded by prolific UK producer Tony Wood, is also backed by Canadian-UK producer-distributor Cineflix.
Developed wood See you soon, Marianne with Ingebord Klyvé. Karlsen, who also wrote on the TV drama Acorn Pearl Whitsandwrites the scripts.
Distribution of the show in English and Norwegian will be announced “in the very near future”, according to Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart, whose independent Buccaneer is currently developing a pair of Welsh Irvine dramas for television, The sex life of conjoined twins and The Blade Artist.
Executive producers are Marianne Furevold-Boland of NRK, Wood and Tulk-Hart, co-CEOs of Buccaneer, Klyve and Karlsen of Redpoint and Pablo Salzman of Connect3. NRK retains sales rights in Scandinavia.
NRK’s Furevold-Boland and Head of Commissioning and Content Sales Petter Wallace said writer Karlsen had “shown in his previous projects that he can create original drama that is both thrilling and moving. .. We believe this project has the potential to become a timeless drama with a universal appeal – it’s about life and the pursuit of happiness.