Madonna's 'W.E.' Producer to Bring 1992 Danish Soccer Triumph to Big Screen
Kris Thykier unites with "Melancholia" producer Meta Foldager to produce the script written by Anders August for director Kasper Barfoed.
LONDON – Producer Kris Thykier, whose credits include Kick-Ass and Madonna's W.E., has united with Melancholia producer Meta Foldager, to bring the story of the Danish victory at the 1992 UEFA European soccer championships to the big screen.
Thykier's Peapie Films is partnering with Denmark's Meta Films to produce the movie written by Anders August (Applause) for director Kasper Barfoed (The Candidate).
August's script details the story of the Danish football squad and how an underdog team who had failed to even qualify for the tournament, went on to win against all odds after replacing war torn Yugoslavia in the mix.
The movie, Denmark 92, aims to capture the drama and comedy of the squad of young Danes, some superstars, some journeymen, and their enigmatic but determined coach.
Thykier said: "We believe that this story has enormous potential not just in Scandinavia but around the world and look forward to a truly Danish collaboration with international commercial appeal."
Fellow producer Foldager noted that the film is not "merely about football but about redemption, pride, friendship, determination and triumph against all the odds."
Barfoed added: "I was at the final game of the 1992 Championship with my father and the team and its story will always have a special place in my heart."
August said: "The idea of the Danish victory in 1992 as the basis for a screenplay about friendship, teamwork and the will to win is completely compelling."