Jalmari Helander

Source: Jori Grönroos

Jalmari Helander

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Nordics) to Jalmari Helander’s Second World War action film Immortal (Sisu), in advance of production beginning later this year.

Nordisk Film has acquired Nordic rights.

Finnish director Helander plans to shoot the new film in Lapland, Finland in September.

The story is set in 1945, about an ex-soldier, played by Jorma Tommila, who discovers gold in the Lapland wilderness. But when he tries to take the loot into the city, Nazi soldiers led by a brutal SS officer, played by Peaky Blinders’ Paul Anderson, battle him.

Petri Jokiranta – who also produced Helander’s two previous features, Rare Exports and Rare Game – produces for Finland’s Subzero Film Entertainment.

Executive producers are Mike Goodridge, Gregory Ouanhon and Antonio Salas.

The film will be mostly in the English language with some Finnish. Backers are Finnish Film Foundation, Business Finland - Audiovisual Production Incentive and MTV Cmore.

“To make an action film in Finland has been a dream of mine since I was 10 years old,” said Helander. “Finally, I am in a situation where I can fulfill my dream and make an epic, action-packed survival story which takes place in World War II.”