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Icelandic Film Director Signs Contract with Universal

Film director Baltasar Kormákur and Working Title Films have made an agreement with Universal Studios on the production and distribution of Contraband, the English-language remake of Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008) by director Óskar Jónasson.


Baltasar Kormákur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Kormákur will move to New Orleans on Sunday and will probably stay there for six months apart from a few days’ break over Christmas, Fréttabladid reports.

“I guess I will use the break to finish shooting Djúpid,” he said of a movie currently being made, which is based on the story of a fisherman who swam ashore after an accident at sea off the Westman Islands.

On Sunday, Kormákur’s long-awaited English-language movie Inhale premiered in Iceland. It is a thriller featuring a couple who goes to “dangerous lengths” to find a lung donor for their daughter. The film will hit local cinemas this week.

The film hasn’t been advertised much. “I decided just to let it speak for itself. If people dig it, it will promote itself, if not, it will slowly fade out,” the director commented.

The contract with Universal is the largest ever made by an Icelandic director. It includes that the movie will be distributed to up to 3,000 movie theaters in the US. Its release is scheduled in 2012.

It has been confirmed that star actors Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale will play the leads in Contraband. The production cost is estimated at between USD 40 to 50 million (more than ISK 4 billion, EUR 26 million).

Click here to read more about the movie.

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