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'2 Guns' Director Plans Viking Drama 'Vikingr' at Universal Pictures

8 October 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur has already made his way to the United States with 2 Guns and Contraband, and now he's bringing some of the history of his homeland over here for his next project. THR reports Universal Pictures has hired Kormákur to direct Vikingr, an action drama that he also co-wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Vikings are a mostly untapped resource on the big screen, though The History Channel has fared well with their TV series focusing on the native Icelandic people. While there aren't any specifics on the story, the film is said to focus on the early days of Viking life, derived from classic tales. These tales come from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which talk about these strong, almost mythical heroes and their adventures as early Nordic settlers and they struggles they endured as they established the Viking way of life. The trade says the film "offers a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Universal Sets Baltasar Kormákur For Vikingr

8 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Universal is staying in business with 2 Guns and Contraband helmer Baltasar Kormákur, who’s currently in post-production on the big-budgeted survival pic Everest for the studio. Now, Kormákur has been signed to direct a historical epic titled Vikingr for Universal.

In addition to directing, Kormákur wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. According to the official studio release, Vikingr “is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger-than-life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age. Vikingr offers a fresh look at Viking culture that is both intimate and epic.”

The project is reportedly close to its director’s heart, none-too-surprising given that he is an Icelandic native. On paper, Vikingr seems like a slightly risky venture for Universal, but Kormákur has delivered two hits in a row for the studio, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Kormakur Set To Direct "Vikingr" Film

7 October 2014 9:48 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur ("2 Guns," "Contraband") is set to take the helm of the Viking action drama "Vikingr" for Universal Pictures and Rvk Studios. Kormakur and Olafur Egill Egilsson co-wrote the script.

Set during the early days of Viking life, the film reportedly offers a fresh look at Viking culture and is based on the classic tales from the legendary Icelandic Sagas.

Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Nathalie Marciano will produce. Kormakur has reportedly been trying to get the film made for the past fifteen years.

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- Garth Franklin

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Universal Pictures Acquires Vikingr; Baltasar Kormakur Directing

7 October 2014 8:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur’s next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.

Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur’s Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam.

Since then, he has also directed 2 Guns for the studio as well as the upcoming drama Everest. Set to be released on September 18, 2015, Everest is inspired by the »

- Michelle McCue

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'2 Guns' Director Takes on 'Vikingr' for Universal

7 October 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Filmmaker Baltasar Korm&#225kur's next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with &#211lafur Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt Productions' Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.

Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur's Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam. Since then, he has also directed 2 Guns for the studio as well as the upcoming drama Everest.

Vikingr comes to theaters in 2016. »

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Universal boards Baltasar Kormakur’s Vikingr

7 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Kormakur, who has been looking to make the film for the past 15 years, wrote the story and the script along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormakur produces through his Rvk Studios alongside Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

Universal and Kormakur began his relationship with Universal on the 2012 action drama Contraband and has since made 2 Guns and the upcoming thriller Everest. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Baltasar Kormakur joins Universal’s Vikingr

7 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Kormakur wrote the story and the script along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormakur produces through his Rvk Studios alongside Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

Universal and Kormakur began his relationship with Universal on the 2012 action drama Contraband and has since made 2 Guns and the upcoming thriller Everest. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Baltasar Kormákur to Direct Viking Action Drama Vikingr for Universal

7 October 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

2 Guns and Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur will be treading familiar territory in an upcoming film.  Universal Pictures announced today that it has picked up Vikingr, an action drama revolving around the early days of Viking life that Kormákur co-wrote and will direct.  The project has been brewing for some time, and is close to Kormákur given his Icelandic heritage.  The story is based on the classic tales of the legendary Icelandic Sagas, “which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.”  The film will focus on Viking culture as a whole on a scale that is “both intimate and epic.” Kormákur most recently directed Everest for the studio, which is a survival drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Robin Wright that will be released next September.  No word on whether Vikingr will be his next film, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Universal Acquires Baltasar Kormakur’s ‘Vikingr’

7 October 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures has acquired “Vikingr,” to be directed by “2 Guns” and “Contraband” helmer Baltasar Kormakur.

Kormakur wrote the story and also penned the script with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Producers on the project include Kormakur under his Rvk Studios banner, Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Nathalie Marciano.

The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.

Uni and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough pic “Contraband,” which over-performed at the box office bringing in $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. Since then, he has also directed “2 Guns” for the studio as well as “Everest,” which is a co-production between Uni and Working Title.

He is repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson. »

- Justin Kroll

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Baltasar Kormákur To Direct Vikings Tale ‘Vikingr’ For Universal

7 October 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Universal Pictures is staying in the cold-weather business with Baltasar Kormákur. The studio has acquired Vikingr, a project based on the classic tales deriving from the Icelandic Sagas. Those stories document the larger-than-life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers as well as daily life in the Viking age. Everest helmer Kormákur, an Icelander, will direct the pic based on the screenplay he wrote with Olafur Egill Egilsson.

Kormákur is currently in post on Everest for Universal, Working Title and Cross Creek Pictures. That mountain climbing disaster pic has a September 2015 release date and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal. The director, whose The Deep was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2012, also helmed Universal’s 2 Guns last year and 2012’s Contraband.

Vikingr producers include Kormákur under his Rvk Studios banner; Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel; Working Title’s Tim Bevan »

- The Deadline Team

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'2 Guns' Filmmaker Sells Viking Movie to Universal

7 October 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal is back in business with director Baltasar Kormákur, the director of its action hits 2 Guns and Contraband. The studio has picked up Vikingr, a Viking action drama that has the Icelandic filmmaker’s imprimatur. Kormákur wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ólafur Egill Egilsson. Kormákur will also produce via his Rvk Studios banner, along with Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Nathalie Marciano. The project is close to Kormakur’s heart as it tells of the early days of Viking life. According to the studio, Vikingr is “based on

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital: A Million Ways to Die in the West

24 September 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal

The irreverent Western comedy  A Million Ways to Die in the West, comes from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who directs produces, co-writes and stars in the film.

Seth MacFarlane takes wooly cover in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

When Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his fickle fiancée (Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace) to a mustachioed dandy (Neil Patrick Harris, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas), he rebounds hard with Anna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult), a gorgeous gunslinger new to his Old West town. What he doesn’t know is that Anna’s ex, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson, The Grey), is the most dangerous desperado on the horizon and he’s on his way to reclaim his gal—whatever it takes!

Also starring in the film are Giovanni Ribisi (Contraband) and Sarah Silverman (Peep World).

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- Laurence

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Mike Leigh to be Reykjavik guest of honour

4 September 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mr. Turner among first 12 films named in the Riff line-up.

British filmmaker Mike Leigh has been named the guest of honour at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, ahead of its 11th edition (Sept 25 - Oct 5).

His latest film, Mr. Turner, which picked up a Best Actor prize for Timothy Spall at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will be screened at the festival.

Previous Riff guests of honour include Milos Forman, Lukas Moodysson and Jim Jarmusch.

More than 80 features will be screened at the festival and 12 films by new directors will compete for the Golden Puffin in the New Visions category.

Other strands include Open Seas, featuring a variety of recent prize-winning films; green movies, comprising documentaries on environmental matters, in strand titled A Different Tomorrow; Icelandic short films; and a variety of docs.

Ahead of releasing the full line-up, an initial 12 titles have been teased out. As well as Mr. Turner, these include: »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Last Witch Hunter' Adds 'True Detective' Actor Olafur Darri Olafsson

6 August 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

&#211lafur Darri &#211lafsson, who appeared in a Season 1 episode of HBO's True Detective, has signed on to play an evil witch in Lionsgate's The Last Witch Hunter.

Vin Diesel stars as the title character, who teams up with his natural enemy (Rose Leslie) to stop an evil coven of witches, one of whom is played by &#211lafur Darri &#211lafsson, from unleashing a supernatural plague upon New York City. Michael Caine and Elijah Wood also co-star in unspecified roles.

Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) is directing from a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt), based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18). D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror Mirror) also worked on the script. It isn't known when production will begin.

&#211lafur Darri &#211lafsson's big-screen credits include Contraband, The Deep and last year's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. »

- MovieWeb

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D.J. Caruso Moves Kate Beckinsale into 'The Disappointments Room'

11 July 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

There's been an abundance of bland projects lately for the lovely Kate Beckinsale. With films like Total Recall, Contraband and Underworld: Awakening being the most recent films in her career, she needs to do some recovering. Perhaps she'll find relief in The Disappointments Room, a new project that Deadline reports Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso will direct for Relativity Media. The film is described as being a psychological thriller in the same vein as The Shining, but the film sounds just like plenty of other horror films we've seen about a family moving into an old, haunted house with dark secrets. More below! The film is said to be inspired by real events as it tells the story of a couple and their five-year old son who move into their dream house, an old rural home with a secret room hidden in their attic. Beckinsale will play the »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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