OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt will score the upcoming Netflix series “Clark”. The six-episode drama series about the Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund, whose visually driven signature style often pushes the boundaries of the status quo. Production company is Scandinavian Content Group.
Olofsson will be portrayed by Bill Skarsgård, who is best known for his terrorizing and iconic portrayal of Pennywise in the Stephen King saga “It”. Later this year, he stars in the Netflix film “The Devil All The Time” and in the Sundance hit “Nine Days” for Sony Pictures Classic. On television, Skarsgård most recently starred in Hulu‘s “Castle Rock”, a psychological drama series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.
Based on the truth and lies of Olofsson‘s autobiography, the Swedish-language series will feature Clark‘s early years until present day. The notorious gangster started his criminal career in the 1960s and became one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. Convicted of several counts of drug trafficking, attempted murder, assault, theft and dozens of bank robberies, he has spent more than half his life behind bars and has left behind a trail of trauma, heartbreak, disappointment and general devastation. In the 1970s, Clark gave rise to the idea of “The Stockholm Syndrome” during a failed bank robbery in Stockholm — and has ever since kept his position as celebrity criminal fooling all of Sweden to fall in love with him. Just like he desired.
Åkerlund says: “‘Clark’ is the story about the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life. These are the kinds of stories I always look for. It’s an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face to the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it isn’t just about the Norrmalmstorg Robbery. It’s about his whole life and what made him who he is, the truth and lies of his incredible career. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and he will bring the Stockholm Syndrome to the role. And Netflix is the perfect platform, they are not just the biggest streaming service, they also have the boldness to tell this incredible story.”
Adds Skarsgård: “Clark Olofsson is, for good and bad, one of Sweden’s most colourful and fascinating individuals. I accept this challenge with delight mingled with terror and think that with Jonas and Netflix in the back, we can tell a groundbreaking story with a pace and madness we may not have seen on TV before. Clark‘s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush.”
Tesha Crawford, director of International Originals Northern Europe at Netflix, says: “We really look forward to continuing our great collaboration with Jonas Åkerlund and Bill Skarsgård. We can not imagine a better team to tell the complex story about Clark Olofsson and how he became one of the most controversial personalities in modern Swedish times.”