Lars Von Trier to Direct TV Series THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT; Show Will Be “Without Precedent”

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Sitting through five hours of Nymphomaniac already felt like a lot to endure, but filmmaker Lars Von Trier is now planning to send his English-language audience through an entire TV series. Von Trier previously worked on the 1990s Danish series The Kingdom, and now according to Deadline, he’s returning to long-form storytelling. At the Venice Film Festival for the out of competition screenings of the Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, producer Louise Vesth announced on behalf of Von Trier (who has kept to his 2011 promise of refraining from all public statements and interviews) that his next project will be an English-language TV series.

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lars-von-trier-01Deadline reports that Vesth told the press Von Trier “has a really really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see it again.”

TrustNordisk released more details such as the series being titled “The House That Jack Built” with Von Trier planning to work on the script this fall for a 2016 shoot. That’s a bit of a wait, but executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen added the series will be “without precedent” and “you better hold your breath.”

For some filmmakers, phrases like that are just hype. With Von Trier, he can easily live up to those words. That doesn’t mean the series will be any good, but he knows how to leave a lasting impression on an audience.

The question then becomes which network would be willing to have him? There are certainly options, but they’ll likely be taking a gamble on a show that will almost undoubtedly be controversial. However, that’s a distant concern since it won’t be ready to air for at least couple years. Maybe by then we’ll have a new TV channel that has no problem airing material like a woman cutting off her clitoris or devoting a weekly half-hour program to Charlotte Gainsbourg’s vagina.

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  • lord jim

    You can say what you want about Lars von Trier but his work is always unpredictable and never boring.Even his fails are more interesting than other people´s successes.This guys has balls while most have lost them in this time and age.

    • agent777

      I will one day see more of his work, but Melancholia was extremly boring and dull. I dare say it was ball-achingly boring.

      • lord jim

        well I loved Melancholia – but his movies are very different beasts, so you might give him another try.The only one I hated was Dancer in the Dark, I really needed quite a few drinks after that one.

      • lord jim

        well I loved Melancholia – but his movies are very different beasts, so you might give him another try.The only one I hated was Dancer in the Dark, I really needed quite a few drinks after that one.

  • GrimReaper07

    Great director. It’s a shame some people can’t see past the controversy some of his films incite.

    • Strong Enough

      the man is a shock jock. all style no substance

      • GrimReaper07

        I can’t agree with you at all. Melancholia isn’t shocking at all (except for the ending I guess) and Nymphomaniac Vol I (the only one I saw so far) is barely beyond the sex scenes being more explicit than normal, and there aren’t even that many. Even if I did agree with you, there are plenty of amazing directors who put style over substance (Tarantino, occasionally Scorsese, Fincher, etc.)

      • Strong Enough

        Melancholia was great. but when your film uses fake dicks and show penetration it goes too far and borders porn. Antichrist is a piece of shit. the guy has screws loose in his head.

      • GrimReaper07

        The sex in Nymphomaniac is very grafic, yeah, but its never exciting or arousing in any way. I hate shock for shock’s sake but when it serves an overall purpose then I’m fine with it. I haven’t seen Antichrist cause what I’ve heard about it is pretty messed up.

      • Strong Enough

        like i said. using fake dicks and showing fake penetration is stupid and used just to hype a film. the story takes a back seat and the controversy goes center. it’s what he wants. i can’t respect that. sex in film is fine but when you go out of your way to make it pornographic it’s dumb

      • lord jim

        In Europe nobody even talked about it, the violence was talked about but not the sex scene, so I don´t think that he made it for controversy, he is not an American.I guess american movies lead to controversy in Iran.Being from Austria I found your comment much weirder than the movie.

      • Strong Enough

        whats so weird about my comment? that showing penetration with fake dicks in film should be just in pornos? that he probably did it to gain some buzz for his films? how is that hard to understand? lol.

        there was nothing wrong with nymphomaniac as far as i can remember. i have no problem with sex in film. i was mainly talking about Anitchrist and how absurdly retarded it is. i’ve seen my fair share of fucked up movies. (Korean film junkie over here)

      • lord jim

        Again:In Europe there was absolutley no buzz about the sex scene, but there was buzz about the violence.So he probably did not make it for buzz, but rather to show the act that led to the death of the child in it´s most carnal way.Porn tries to arouse it´s viewers, this highly styliced scene did not try this at all.Also teh scene was not the typical clean sex scene, it rather resembled the fight between the sexes that the movie turned out to be about.I really find it strange that you complain about this scene, while the violence was much more controversial (at least in Europe- again).I had talked to many people before I went into the movie, and nobody even mentioned it, no newspaper article mentioned it, so I had no idea there was any buzz for this movie because of that, and I personnally did think that he went overboard with the violence just to make it shocking.I still did enjoy it as far as one can enjoy horror, but it would never had occured to me that he tried to be pornographic with that scene.I don´t think you´ll find teenagers who like to use their hand while watching this.

      • Strong Enough

        Of course not in Europe silly pants. you people show boobs on DVD covers over there. In America it was talked about and i bet thats why he did it. overseas play. increasing the fanbase, the release. but its all a matter of opinion. if you liked it, hey more power to ya.

      • lord jim

        Are you really telling me that Americans were talking about the sex scene instead of the close up of a clitoris being cut with scissors?well you certainly didn´t mention it, I find that really strange!

      • Strong Enough

        shit they talked about both! lol

      • GrimReaper07

        It’s only controversial if you pay attention to goes on around the movie (press, discussions, etc.) In the context of the film, it feels natural and doesn’t take the viewer out of the movie.

      • Strong Enough

        no it does not feel natural. it feels out of place in a film. for me at least. but like i said, whatever tickles your fancy

  • Jamie Teller

    Since The Kingdom was a masterpiece, I’m all in for this. Damn shame he didn’t get to do the third series of The Kingdom, but losing Jaregard was a pretty insurmountable issue.

  • Larry Strong

    The story is that TV is producing better things to watch than movie makers, particularly those in the US. I watch more TV series and foreign films than I have in my lifetime. I just wish that instead of using cable companies as their middlemen, these TV shows would just market their works directly to the people because yes, I would pay the $2 or $3 per episode to watch them.

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