The Norwegian Film Institute has allocated €7.7 million for seven new Norwegian feature productions, including  Pyromaniac by Erik Skjoldbjærg, which is being presented at Berlin’s Co-Production Market.

Headhunters star Askel Hennie is attached to star. Bjørn Olaf Johannesen is adapting from Gaute Heivoll’s novel, about an arsonist posing as a fireman in 1970s small-town Norway. Pravda Film produces. 

Maipo Film is planning a sequel for Arild Frohlich’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (sold here by TrustNordisk), with a script being written now for Doctor Proctor, Bubble In The Bathtub

A Thousand Times Good Night director Erik Poppe is planning The King’s Choice, set against Nazi Germany’s invasion of Norway in 1940. Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg are writing the script for producers Paradox.

NFI also backs three feature debuts: Charlotte Blom’s comedy Staying Alive with Maipo Film; Kjersti G Steinsbø’s psychological drama The Doll in the Ceiling for producers Den siste skilling; and Thale Person’s Julekongen — Full rustning, a feature spin-off of popular holiday TV series The King of Christmas, from a script by Harald Rosenløw Eeg, and produced by Frederick Howard for Storm Films.