A movie will be made about the Danish photographer captured by ISIS

A new film from Danish director Niels Arden Oplev has been announced, and it will depict the story of the Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who was held captive by ISIS for over a year.

The story comes from Puk Damgård’s bestseller Ser du månen, Daniel, which tells the true story of the young Danish freelance photographer Daniel Rye, who was held hostage for 398 days by the Islamic State in Syria along with 23 other foreign nationals, including James Foley. It will reflect on the prisoners’ daily lives in captivity as well as Daniel Rye’s family back home in Denmark who are trying to locate him.

The screenplay was written by Anders Thomas Jensen (Men and Chicken, In a Better World). Director Niels Arden Oplev is best known fro directing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2009.

Daniel will start shooting from the 1st of October across Denmark, Sweden and Jordan. The film is budgeted at $6.5m (5.5m Euros) for a likely 10-week shoot. The film is supported by the Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund, in association with SVT and YLE. Nordisk will handle Nordic distribution.

Sales are handed by TrustNordisk.

The cast will be announced soon via Screen (though that is Anders W. Berthelsen we are seeing in the feature image!)

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.