Norwegian director Espen Sandberg’s Roald Amundsen has been backed by the Norwegian Film Institute.
The film is about legendary Norwegian Arctic explorer Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen, who was the first man to reach the South Pole in 1911. He was racing against British explorer Robert F Scott and in Ravn Lanesskog’s script he’s described as a man who would lie and cheat to achieve what he wanted and while he succeeded he paid the price as a human being. His support for more than twenty years was his brother Leon, who died without any recognition. Amundsen was also the first man to reach the North Pole in 1926.
A total of three films about the Arctic explorer applied for the funding. One of the other two films (which is still in development) is Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s (The Wave) Amundsen, which was written by Mikael Olsen. The other film that applied was a Nordisk Film script titled The South Pole, written by Christopher Grøndahl and directed by Andre Øvredal (Troll Hunter).