Nicolas Winding Refn Planning 'Valhalla Rising' Sequel Set in Tokyo
Nicolas Winding Refn dove into a different kind of criminal underworld for his most recent project Only God Forgives, a film that has proven to be rather divisive among critics who saw the film at Cannes. Perhaps it's because audiences were expecting something more akin to Drive, or maybe because Ryan Gosling barely talks, but viewers will have to wait until July to find out for themselves. But fans of one of Refn's other previous films now have something intriguing to look forward to as The Playlist has learned the filmmaker is developing a sequel to the slow-burning Viking era drama Valhalla Rising starring Mads Mikkelsen.
However, this sequel sounds a bit perplexing as Refn says he has spoken to Mikkelsen about "revisiting the [One-Eye] character from Valhalla Rising again to kind of complete… because there’s a similarity between Valhalla Rising, Drive and Only God Forgives. But in a way I had this idea of Mads Mikklesen to go back to the origins of this character. But make the movie in Tokyo.” Considering the time gap between the Viking era to modern day Tokyo, this raised some questions. Refn merely said, "Tokyo is a world onto itself," and the film would be "about the future." So again, no real explanation, but that does sound very interesting. Stay tuned to see if this project actually comes together down the road.