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Scandinavian production giants Zentropa and Nordisk Film are uniting to make the Viking epic The Long Ships, an ambitious adventure tale based on the novel of the same name by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson.
The book, one of the Sweden’s best-selling novels, has been translated into 24 languages. It is the story of Red Orm, a 10th-century Norseman living in the pre-Christian nation of Scania.
Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Sisse Graum Jorgensen of Zentropa, who teamed on Susanne Bier‘s Oscar-winner In a Better World (2010), will produce The Long Ships, with Lone Korslund of Nordisk Film executive producing. Korslund’s credits at Nordisk include the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009), which launched the global career of Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), as well as last year’s Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki (2012).
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The producers are in talks on the writer and director for The Long Ships. Jensen and Jorgensen are shopping the project to financiers at the Cannes film festival.
Jensen, who is also an executive producer on Lars von Trier‘s hotly anticipated erotic epic Nymphomaniac, said that while “many have tried” to make a film that captures the action and adventure of the Viking period, “we will do it!”
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