Danish-American comedian Victor Borge getting big screen biopic

The life of Danish-American comedian Victor Borge will be adapted into a feature film and television about his life, with Danish producer Kim Magnusson and writer-producers Mette Lisby and Jesper Baehrenz to develop both.

Victor Borge was a comedian and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe, with his blend of music and comedy earning him names like ‘The Clown Prince of Denmark’ and ‘The Great Dane’.

The Borge family have granted the rights to the story, believing that the vision for what the filmmakers want to achieve is compelling and perfectly captures his spirit.

Magnusson told ScreenDaily: “When Mette and Jesper approached me with their creative idea for Borge I felt, here was a beautiful project that could finally tell us all the story of one of the most important Danes around the world. Now that we’ve got his whole family on board to support the project and give us access to never-before-seen material about Victor Borge, I think we have the fundamentals to create an amazing project.”

Magnusson, whose feature credits include Men & Chicken and The King of Ping Pong, also produced this year’s live action short Oscar nominee Silent Nights, directed by Aske Bang, and has two previous Oscar wins under his belt for shorts Helium and Election Night.

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.