Kormákur to co-write and direct film & TV versions of Icelandic novel

The Icelandic director/writer/actor (seriously, what can’t he do?) Baltasar Kormákur will adapt a legendary Icelandic novel into a feature film as well as television series.

The novel is titled Independent People and is written by Halldór Laxness, the only Nobel Prize winner for literature in Iceland. The novel is set in the early 20th century and tells the hard life of sheep farmer Bjartur of Summerhouses and his struggle for both independence and survival.

The novel is ranked among the New York Times’s 100 novels of all time.

The series will be adapted into a feature-length film and six-eight part series and is described as one of Iceland’s most ambitious projects to date with a budget of around €13m (1.5 billion ISK).

Kormákur’s project will (unsurprisingly) be produced by his production company, RVK Studios, in co-production with the Icelandic public broadcaster RUV. RUV have commissioned the television portion of the project. This will be RVK Studios’ first literary adaptation.

The film and series will be shot in the Icelandic language and Kormákur-regular Ingvar E. Sigurdsson will star in the film.

Independent People will be shot on location and in Kormákur’s brand new film studios.

Kormákur is currently working on season two of Trapped, which will premiere in autumn 2018 in Iceland.

Read our interview with Baltasar Kormákur or with Ingvar E. Sigurdsson.

Source: nordicfilmandtvnews.com

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.