EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for action-adventure starring Game Of Thrones, Kon-Tiki stars.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Nordic action-adventure epic The Last King from TrustNordisk.
Directed Nils Gaup’s (Pathfinder), The Last King stars Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) and Kristofer Hivju (Game Of Thrones) as medieval warriors who embark on a perilous journey through the harsh Norwegian mountains to bring their dying King’s infant son to safety.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia svp of acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Susan Wendt of TrustNordisk.
“Nils Gaup has crafted another sweeping adventure with The Last King,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.
“The thrilling performances and high-stakes of this incredible true story will really resonate with audiences everywhere.”
Force Majeure and Tangerine distributor Magnolia is set to release in 2016.
Written by Ravn Laneskog and co-starring Thorbjorn Harr (Vikings) and Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki), the film was produced by Stein B. Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum for Paradox Film 3 AS, co-produced by Nordisk Film, Newgrange Pictures Ltd. and Proton Cinema+Theatre with support from Norwegian Film Institute, Irish Film Board and Eurimages.
It was developed in collaboration with The Media Programme, Film3 and Midtnorsk Filmsenter. Norwegian release is set for February 12, 2016.
Previous deals include Koch Media for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Italy (Minerva Pictures Group), Czech Republic (Film Europe Media Company) Middle East (Gulf Film), India (Pictureworks) and Estonia (Estinfilm).