Baltasar Kormákur to direct new U.S. film

Icelandic director/producer/actor and all-around nice guy Baltasar Kormákur is set to direct a new U.S. thriller called Adrift.

Adrift is a sea survival epic that may sound somewhat like Kormákur’s previous film The Deep. The story follows a woman and her fiance who, after setting sail from Tahiti, find themselves in the middle of a massive hurricane. After being knocked unconscious, the woman finds her boat in ruins and her fiance missing, now lost at sea. The rest of the story follows her 1,500 mile journey back to Hawaii while battling the elements.

Adrift is on the 2016 Black List of top 73 scripts in Hollywood yet to be produced.

The film is based on a script by twin brothers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, and actress Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is set to star.

Kormákur is one busy man. Season two of Trapped will be shooting next year, and he has just starred in and directed The Oath, which is currently travelling around film festivals. The Oath is Iceland’s top selling film of the year, with more than 43,000 admissions (large for a country of 300,000!). He is also currently building a Hollywood-style studio in Reykjavik.

We spoke to Baltasar Kormákur at this years Nordic Film Days, where he told us about his passion for Icelandic cinema. You can read that interview online or in our new journal.

Kormákur said a deal with a US studio is to be announced shortly. The director’s last Hollywood survival film Everest (2015) produced by Working Title for Universal grossed over $203.4 million worldwide.


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.

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