Controversial Director Lars Von Trier to Helm New TV Series

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Fans of the often mentally grueling work of Danish auteur Lars Von Trier (Antichrist, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac) now have a new project to keep an eye out for, as producer Louise Vesth announced during a press conference earlier today that the always controversial director is heading back to the small-screen for the first time in over twenty years.

Von Trier’s last TV project was the acclaimed hospital-set horror miniseries The Kingdom, which was later adapted by Stephen King into the short-lived ABC drama Kingdom Hospital in 2004. The vast majority of critics agree that Von Trier’s effort was far more notable.

Von Trier’s new series will be entitled The House That Jack Built, and will first air on Danish public broadcaster DR. Fear not interested iHorror readers, as international distribution for the program is already being lined up. Unfortunately, what the show will actually be about remains unknown as of this writing.

Producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen (a regular collaborator of Von Trier’s) would only say that The House That Jack Built is a “TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.” Whatever the plotline does end up being, Von Trier aficionados will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get their latest taste of their favorite director’s twisted mind.

Lars Von Trier is set to begin work on the script for The House That Jack Built this fall, and hopes to begin production by 2016. That may seem like a long way off, but it’ll be creeping up on us before we know it. Hopefully this new project hits the heights attained by The Kingdom.

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