The Mediapro Studio, Hulu Japan and HBO Asia started filming The Head in Tenerife, a project first announced in 2017 in the framework of the international series Mania forum, held in Paris.
The Canary Islands and Iceland will be the sets for this survival thriller, directed by Jorge Dorado (The Pier, Mindscape), which takes place in one of the most remote places on the planet: Antarctica.
The filming will have an expected duration of 12 weeks and the series will have six episodes of 50 minutes.
The Head was created by Àlex and David Pastor, who worked on the development of the series with Ran Tellem (Homeland), director of International Content Development at The Mediapro Studio. It is the first fiction series of the Pastor Brothers in Spain.
Mediapro also revealed the international cast of the series, which will be headed by Álvaro Morte (Money Heist). He is accompanied by Tomohisa Yamashita (Code Blue), Laura Bach (Sprinter Galore, Rita), Mònica López (Hierro, In the City), Alexandre Willaume (Under the Surface, Deep State, Tomb Raider), Katharine O'Donnelly (Mary, Queen from Scotland), John Lynch (The Terror) and Amelia Hoy (Under the Surface, Killing Eve).
Dialogues will be in English and Danish.
"The Head is an example of where we are going, with ambitious and complex international projects based on great narratives. The Head is a great step in the studio's strategy to guarantee the best stories to our clients around the world, for which we have great partners like Hulu Japan and HBO Asia," said Javier Méndez, Content Director of The Mediapro Studio.
Laura Fernández Espeso, Corporate Director and TV Director of The Mediapro Studio, added: "The Head is the fruit of many months of work to face a time when the demand for content is huge.”
“Having talent like Jorge Dorado and Àlex and David Pastor, who have worked on the project since its inception, together with a broad international cast and prominent partners such as Hulu Japan and HBO Asia gives an idea of the magnitude of the project. It is a privilege for The Mediapro Studio to bring this magnificent series to the audiovisual market".
"After a two and a half year process, at The Mediapro Studio we are proud to bring a unique story to the screen," Ran Tellem said. "The Head is a series that deals with good and evil. It begins when a group of people are completely disconnected from the world, in the icy dark winter of the South Pole. For the unknown murderer among them, this is the perfect scenario. For everyone else, distinguishing good from bad could be what saves their lives. "
The series is located at the international Polaris VI station, in Antarctica. A small group of scientists from several countries will be responsible for keeping the base in operation during the long polar night. But in the middle of winter the station stops communicating with the outside and a murderer begins to terrorize the base.