From animation to live action: Captain Sabertooth is back
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Norway's Storm Films is preparing Norwegian director Lisa Marie Gamlem’s Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure, a €5.1 million feature reviving Terje Formoe’s character
Ten years ago Captain Sabertooth, the world’s youngest pirate, left on board the Dark Lady to find the treasure trove of Gory Gabriel, in Swedish director Stig Bergqvist’s fully-animated feature, which took 185,000 local admissions.
The pirate captain – the brainchild of Norwegian former teacher Terje Formoe, who from 1992 wrote a series of plays about him which he also performed – will return in a €5.1 million live action movie, Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure, packaged by Frederick Howard, Gudny Hummelvoll, Lars Hellebust and Fredrik Støbakk, for Norway’s Storm Films.
The film will shoot from August 13 – almost at the same its director, Lisa Marie Gamlem (photo), will premiere her feature debut, Grandma and the Eight Children – The Musical, a revival of another Norwegian kidpic classic written by and starring Anne-Cath Vestly (with instalments in 1977, 1979). Emmy-nominated for Ping Pong, she has made several episodes for Lilyhammer.
“Captain Sabertooth is one of Norway’s strongest brands for children,” said head of production and development Ivar Køhn, of the Norwegian Film Institute, which has chipped in €2.1 million for the project from Storm Films, a member of the Storm Group with the VFX House Storm Studios, local distributor Euforia Film and part-owned Nordisk Film Shortcut.
Scripted by Lars Gudmestad (Headhunter [+see also:
film profile]s, Company Orheim, The Liverpool Goalie), Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure follows the captain on the Dark Lady with a young boy, Pinky, and his friend, Ravn, travelling from the pirate alleys in the port of Abra to the exotic Lama Rama. Walt Disney Nordic has scheduled domestic release for October 3, 2014.
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