Cannes: Vice, Madonna's Grammy-Winning Videographer Team on Nordic Thriller

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Jonas Akerlund's 'Lords of Chaos' is being repped for international sales by Protagonist Pictures, which will unveil it to buyers in Cannes.

Having won numerous awards – including three Grammys – for his music videos for the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney and U2, Swedish filmmaker Jonas Akerland will be turning his attention to a feature-length Norwegian thriller.

Scott Free London, RSA London and Vice said Monday they are, in co-production with Chimney and Eleven Arts, teaming up with Akerlund to make Lords of Chaos, based on real events about a dream-turned-nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of control.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales on the English-language film and will launch it to buyers in Cannes.

Lords of Chaos follows the story of real-life Norwegian guitarist Euronymous, who as a 17-year-old was determined to escape his traditional upbringing in 1980s Oslo. He becomes fixated on creating true "Norwegian Black Metal" music with his band Mayhem and creates a phenomenon by using shocking stunts to put the band’s name on the map. But as the lines between publicity and reality start to blur, acts of arson, violence and a  murder shock the nation.

Rory Culkin (Scream 4, Signs), younger brother of Macauley Culkin, and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, Byzantium) are confirmed for leading roles in the film with further cast members to be announced shortly.

Co-written with Dennis Magnusson, Akerlund’s Lords of Chaos will be produced by Jack Arbuthnott, Kai-Lu Hsiung, Ko Mori, Fredrik Zander and Malte Forsell, and executive produced by Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, Danny Gabai and Vince Landay for Vice, and Carlo Dusi for Scott Free London.

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