“Mythological action road movie” Mortal ready to shoot in the Norwegian fjells
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- After filming The Autopsy of Jane Doe in the USA, Norwegian director André Øvredal returns to Norway for his next outing
After filming his first Hollywood production, the English-language mystery-horror-thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe [+see also:
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US actor Nat Wolff and Indian actress Priyanka Bose will star with an otherwise mainly Norwegian cast in the €6 million feature. It is “an exciting project inspired by our own history and cultural heritage”, said Norwegian producer John Einar Hagen, who will stage the project with Aage Aaberge (Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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Øvredal, who rose to international fame after the horror-drama Troll Hunter [+see also:
interview: Andre Øvredal
film profile] (2010), has delivered the story about Norwegian-American man Eric, who has been hiding in the fjells for three years after surviving and repressing a traumatic event. Realising that he possesses powers he can neither control nor understand, he seeks help from a young female psychologist: his story turns out to be closely linked to Norwegian mythology.
“My goal is to again bring the amazing Norwegian mythology to both Nordic and worldwide audiences, this time through a modern, action-orientated character journey,” explained Øvredal, who described Mortal as “a road movie in the fantasy genre, a sort of mythological action-drama, which is logistically quite difficult. But I can’t wait to start filming.”
With €0.8 million in support from the Zefyr regional media fund, the adventure-fantasy-actioner will be co-produced by US producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, of Automatik, and British producers Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken, of 42. With the premiere scheduled for 18 November 2018, Nordisk Film will handle Nordic distribution, while Los Angeles-based IM Global is in charge of the international sales.
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