Agreements have been reached with producers that a huge Hollywood movie on Vikings directed by Iceland’s leading director Baltasar Kormákur and written by Icelandic screenwriter Ólafur Egilsson will be shot in Iceland.
“It is by far the largest project that I have ever participated in. We are talking about an USD 40 to 60 million [EUR 23 to 44 million] movie. Huge deal,” Kormákur told Fréttabladid.
The movie is based on scenes from the Icelandic Sagas and has been introduced as a “spaghetti-western-Viking-movie.” Shooting is scheduled to take six months and the story takes place in winter, spring and summer. The film’s working title is Saga.
Its production demands considerable manpower and is expected to have extensive positive effects on Iceland’s film industry and the country’s economy as a whole.
Saga has the same producers as Kormákur’s Inhale (formerly known as Run for Her Life), a company called 26 Film.
The company’s representative Michelle Chydzik Sowa is currently in Iceland and on Friday she and Kormákur flew over the highlands in a helicopter to scout shooting locations.