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Paul Greengrass to direct film about Norwegian terrorist attacks

English director Paul Greengrass will direct a movie about the Norwegian terrorist who murdered 77 people in the 2011 terrorist attacks, Deadline reports. Netflix is also on board to produce.

The film will depict the events inflicted by Anders Breivik, who detonated a fertiliser bomb outside the headquarters of the prime minister, and after that, he travelled to Utoya outside Oslo and murdered teenagers attending a Labor Party Youth Camp as they tried to escape.

Greengrass will shoot the film in Norway with a $20 million budget and local actors, but there has been some backlash in Norway that it was either too soon for a film about the events, or that the film should be made by a Norwegian. Nonetheless, Greengrass is experienced at depicting similar events; having made Bloody Sunday about the Irish civil rights protest march and massacre in 1972, or United 93, about the heroism of passengers during September 11, 2001.

Little is known about the film’s release date.

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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.