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Ridley Scott to Direct Film on Reykjavík Summit

By Iceland Review

English film director and producer Ridley Scott, who boasts movies such as Alien and Gladiator in his portfolio, will direct a film on the summit of US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Höfdi, Reykjavík, in 1986.


Höfdi. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Scott and the British production company Headline Pictures reached an agreement on the project at the current Cannes Film Festival, Fréttabladid reports.

The film will have the working title Reykjavik but it is uncertain when shooting can begin. Four years ago Scott expressed his interest in making a movie about the summit but for some time it was believed that the project had been canceled.

The Reykjavík Summit has historic significance because it is considered to have marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

In other film news, the British production company Working Title Films has bought the rights to Icelandic actor-director Baltasar Kormákur’s Viking movie. According to the agreement, he will direct the movie and coproduce it, as stated in Fréttabladid.

Working Title often cooperates with the American production company Universal, which is currently producing an English-language remake of the Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam, now known as Contraband, in which Kormákur starred.

Kormákur is modestly optimistic about the future of his Viking movie. “Hopefully it can happen. They will come here to examine the circumstances,” he said, adding, “Such a big project always takes time.”

It appeared as if the project had started rolling a few years back but then Mel Gibson announced he was going to make a Viking movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which upset Kormákur’s plans. Gibson’s project has since been put on ice.

Click here to read about the Viking movie and here to read about Gorbachev visiting Höfdi on the summit’s 20th anniversary.

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