The unique Norwegian landscape, and in particular Pulpit Rock, Troll Tongue, Folgefonna and the Lofoten Islands are being eyed off by Hollywood companies as locations for possible new blockbuster films.
In an interview with Aftenposten, Norwegian producers Tor Arne Øvrebø and Per-Henry Borch said that the country is currently in high demand from international studios looking to take advantage of the beautiful landscapes.
Borch said that Pulpit Rock (Norway’s most visited tourist attraction) is of particular interest, with Disney-owned Lucas Film eyeing off the destination as a powerful location for the next Star Wars film (though it hasn’t been made clear which new Star Wars film they are talking about).
In addition to Lucas Film, Øverbø and Borch said that Marvel Studios are also interested in Norway, and have been to the country to scout locations. The producers didn’t name any specific titles, but Aftenposten speculated that they could be referring to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, which is slated for a 2018 release. Marvel Studios are currently filming the new Thor film on the beachy Gold Coast in Australia.
Norway’s new rebate is set to prove popular for these productions, and perhaps we’ll see more international films being made in Norway.
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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.