Patrick Ewald’s Epic Pictures is introducing buyers at AFM to the $10m action-adventure Vikingdom pursuant to its $30m production deal with South-East Asia-based KRU Studios.
The project is based on the Viking epic poem Necklace Of Brisings and will be shot in stereoscopic 3D in the vein of 300. Casting will be announcing shortly and the action will be choreographed to combine Asian-style martial arts.
Epic and KRU agreed to make six English-language action films. The $5m The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines was the first to be announced and Epic will serve as executive producer on all films under the deal.
Epic’s slate includes several new titles: paranormal horror story The Possession Of David O’Reilly; action title Kill Speed directed by Kim Bass; the $10m epic By The Will Of Genghis Khan; thriller Bear; 3D animated project Goat Story; serial killer thriller Junkyard Dog; and sci-fi thriller Drifter.
Epic has also brought on J D Beaufils as senior vice-president of international sales and international sales executive Carol Lindemuth.
Beaufils previously served as vice-president of worldwide sales for Porchlight Entertainment and prior to that served in key roles at Bauer Martinez International, Overseas Filmgroup and First Look Media.
“Through my partnership with KRU studios and Norman Abd Halim [KRU Studios president] and Dr Shireen Hashim [who overseas international business operations], we are going to provide the market with what it demands: high-concept, visually striking movies with a star lead and Asian-style action,” Ewald said.