The Canadian Arctic will be the setting of a new CBC thriller to be written by René Balcer, a veteran writer and showrunner behind NBC's hit crime series Law & Order.

The Council is an hour-long mystery-thriller centred on a murder investigation in an isolated northern outpost that reveals an international plot to control the region's natural resources.

Rene Balcer

René Balcer, the Montreal-born TV writer, producer and showrunner, has had a lifelong interest in the Arctic and its indigenous Inuit culture. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Born in Montreal, Balcer fostered his lifelong interest in the Arctic and Inuit culture when he worked in the region as a college student.

"There isn’t a writer who is a better fit for this show than René,” said JoAnn Alfano, Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming for NBCU International Television Production, in a statement.

"He has a unique ability to weave complex mysteries with character-based drama. His personal connection to the story and knowledge of the arctic and Inuit culture will bring a unmatched level of authenticity."

He won an Emmy for his work executive producing the long-running American crime drama Law & Order.

Balcer wrote for the popular series for 20 seasons.

The Council will be produced by Vancouver-based production company, Lark Productions, and will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Television Production.

No release date has been set.