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