Baltasar Kormákur’s RVK Studios is collaborating with CBS Studios to produce King and Conqueror, a mediaeval series set in Britain. The ambitious project, which will feature the famous Battle of Hastings, will involve extensive preparations and filming in Heiðmörk, with a significant build and dismantling process.
King and Conqueror
Last week, it was reported that Baltasar Kormákur and his production company, RVK Studios, were set to create a mediaeval series with CBS Studios, centred around William the Conqueror and King Harold II of England.
Titled King and Conqueror, the series will feature James Norton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the lead roles and will be filmed in Iceland, both in studios and around Reykjavik. Michael Robert Johnson, known for his work on the television series Sherlock Holmes, will write the series.
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“This is one of the most extensive projects undertaken here and is particularly complex because it’s set in mediaeval Britain, mostly,” Baltasar told RÚV last week.
The filming period is scheduled from February to July next year. RVK Studios has applied for a filming permit in Garðabær for shooting in Heiðmörk, a conservation area on the outskirts of Reykjavík, popular for recreational activities. The company plans to construct a small village, the size of which is yet to be determined, on a gravel plain at Hjallaflatir in Heiðmörk.
Battle of Hastings
As noted by RÚV, the preparation time would span two to three months, with shooting lasting two weeks, followed by one to two weeks for dismantling. The parking area would not be accessible during the preparation, filming, and dismantling phases.
RVK Studios has also applied to film the famous Battle of Hastings on the fields at Hjallaflatir. Defensive walls would be erected, and the scene would depict 180 people fighting and between 50 to 70 horses. The preparation for this would take two to four weeks, filming would last five days, and dismantling would take a week.
Lindsey Martin, Vice President at CBS, described the series as innovative and featuring world-class actors in a recent interview with Deadline. “We are incredibly proud of what the production team has already achieved and can’t wait to see the final product on screen.”