After the funeral comes the christening in The Reunion 3
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Birger Larsen will direct the third instalment of The Reunion franchise, now shooting for Nordisk Film in Copenhagen
The Reunion [+see also:
film profile] – the original Danish comedy directed by Niels Nørlov Hansen – was released domestically in October 2011, going on to reach 518,000 admissions. The success encouraged Nordisk Film Production to stage a sequel, Mikkel Serup’s The Reunion 2: The Funeral [+see also:
film profile], which sold 605,000 tickets last year.
No wonder Nordisk Film Production’s Tomas Radoor and René Ezra have started principal photography for The Reunion 3: The Christening, the third instalment in the franchise, which Nordisk has scheduled for domestic release on 6 October 2016. Denmark’s TrustNordisk is handling international sales.
The production team, which also supplied the first and second comedies about the old classmates who meet up again 20 years after they left school, will this time work with award-winning Danish director Birger Larsen, who made his most recent feature in Sweden: Crimes of Passion – Death of a Loved One (2013).
The script for the €3.2 million production has been supplied by regular The Reunion writers Claudia Boderke and Lars Mering, who have so far not disclosed a single line of the plot. The project, which will shoot until 30 October, is backed by Danish commercial broadcaster TV2 and the Danish Film Institute.
The project is also another reunion for the three Danish actors playing the leads as Andreas, Niels and Thomas – Anders W Berthelsen, Nicolaj Kopernikus and Troels Lyby, who have also personally known each other since theatre school.
Earlier this year, Finnish director Taneli Mustonen’s remake of The Reunion [+see also:
film profile] – the original 2011 comedy – broke box-office records in Finland when it was launched on 25 February. “After five days, it was the biggest opening ever of a local title, and it was the first Finnish film to sell more than 150,000 tickets in seven days,” explained Katarina Nyman, general manager – distribution at Nordisk Film Finland. Still number one among this year’s local releases, it has so far raked in 504,699 admissions.