Celluloid Nightmares will handle international sales on Thomas Cappelen Malling’s action comedy.

Celluloid Nightmares, the genre partnership between Celluloid Dreams and Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, has picked up international sales here on Thomas Cappelen Malling’s action comedy Norwegian Ninja.

Buyer response has already been strong and Celluloid founder Hengameh Panahi and Nightmares head of international sales Travis Stevens anticipates brisk business.

Norwegian Ninja is a novel twist on the true story of Arne Treholt, the Cold War Norwegian diplomat charged with spying for the Russians.

The storyline posits that Treholt was in a fact a ninja entrusted by King Olav to lead a secret force of shadow warriors.

The film stars Mads Ousdal, Jon Oigarden and Linn Stokke and is produced by Eric Vogel. Euforia Film will release in Norway on August 13.

XYZ Films founders Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian and Nick Spicer will take the lead in talking to potential US distributors.