Nicolas Winding Refn Planning 'Valhalla Rising' Sequel Set in Tokyo

June 21, 2013
Source: The Playlist

Valhalla Rising

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 RisingDrive 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.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


More Mads? Hells yeah!

DavideCoppola on Jun 21, 2013


sounds like it might be a science fiction version of the same story, kind of how he is placing all of these lone wolf mad men in different places around the world for his last several films.

Linkfx on Jun 21, 2013


Of course it is! Haha. I loved VALHALLA RISING, and I will anticipate the sequel!!!

DAVIDPD on Jun 21, 2013


wasnt a fan of #1, but ill watch it cause Winding Refn is great.

Alex Williams on Jun 21, 2013


Sounds just crazy enough to work, I'm in.

zey on Jun 21, 2013


fuccckkkkk yesssss omg best movie news ive ever read on this site. hope this shit doesnt fall thru

marky bark on Jun 22, 2013


NWR is overrated.

cobrazombie on Jun 22, 2013


I would consider him in the same category as Tarantino or Von Trier, you either love his work or hate it.

Cody W on Jun 23, 2013

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