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'2 Guns' Director Plans Viking Drama 'Vikingr' at Universal Pictures

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October 8, 2014
Source: THR

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Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has already made his way to the United States with 2 Guns and Contraband, and now he's bringing some of the history of his homeland over here for his next project. THR reports Universal Pictures has hired Kormákur to direct Vikingr, an action drama that he also co-wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Vikings are a mostly untapped resource on the big screen, though The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people. While there aren't any specifics on the story, the film is said to focus on the early days of Viking life, derived from classic tales.

These tales come from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which talk about these strong, almost mythical heroes and their adventures as early Nordic settlers and they struggles they endured as they established the Viking way of life. The trade says the film "offers a fresh look at Viking culture that is both intimate and epic." Sounds rather interesting, especially since it's not a reboot or remake of anything that already exists. It sounds like this will be Kormákur's next project after he finishes working on Everest, another project set up at Universal Pictures with Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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  • Enola
    "The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people" The Vikings in THC's "The Vikings" are not from Iceland. They are a mix of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian/Scandinavian Vikings. The places used in the show are from these three countries.
  • Steven
    I would love to see Bernard Cornwell's Warrior Chronicals adapted.
  • DAVIDPD
    Excited. Could vikings be the new zombie?
  • ErrorSapiens
    Norse culture with hollywood approved stamp on it.. Extremely skeptical, even though the 2 are from Iceland. Key here is to let them keep their creative last say.. Björk and Sigur Ros are good examples to why.

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