Controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier to return to TV

The Danish director of Melancholia and Nymphomaniac will make English-language drama series The House That Jack Built with the producer behind The Killing


Controversial Danish film director Lars von Trier is working on an English-language TV drama series called The House That Jack Built.


The daring maker of art house films The Antichrist, Dancer in the Dark and Melancholia will create his second TV project in twenty years since 1994 Danish horror mini-series The Kingdom. Von Trier will be developing the project with Piv Bernth, the producer behind crime dramas The Killing and The Bridge.

Full details of the series are yet to be released but the show will involve a “huge” international cast and has been described as “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again,” by executive producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen.

We wouldn’t expect anything less strange-sounding from the filmmaker who was expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 for telling a bewildered Melancholia press conference that he “sympathised with (Hitler) a little bit.”

Von Trier has since taken a self-imposed vow of silence and refused all interviews – a ban he broke on Monday afternoon when he appeared via a live feed to a laptop at the Venice Film Festival to announce the new series, set to begin filming in 2016. 

Judging from the 58-year-old’s past work, which has been berated and beloved in equal measure for its disturbing and explicit content, we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store.


For a taster of von Trier’s style, have a watch of the trailer for Melancholia below…