Following the successful world premiere of Fear X in Sundance, the Danish director-producer duo, Nicolas Winding Refn and Henrik Danstrup have announced that they will establish a joint company with Danish major Nordisk Film for their next two films.
The company, which will retain the producers' NWR label, will most likely move to Nordisk Film's historic studio in Valby in Copenhagen, where the Egmont-owned media major is establishing a new power hub for Danish film.
Under the aegis of the new MD, Kenneth D. Plummer (former MD of Egmont Entertainment), the company has gone through a wide-ranging restructure of its film operations, which brought its Nordisk Film production and Egmont Entertainment distribution businesses together under one management, and new life has been injected into the oldest film company in the world.
By attracting the successful duo, who's previous credits include critical and commercial hits like Pusher and Bleeder, Nordisk Film secures films for its distribution and exhibition branches.
Fear X starring John Turturro screened both in Sundance, Rotterdam and Göteborg and will have its first market screening at the AFM.
Nordisk Film also invested in that and will distribute it in Scandinavia, starting in Denmark in March.
Refn is already writing his next film, Billy's People - set in New York, where different police departments start to develop their own interpretations of the legal system - and start fighting each other for it.
Refn is collaborating with scriptwriter Mikael Olsen, and has attracted support from the Danish Film Institute. Henrik Danstrup produces the film, which is expected to shoot in New York from early 2004.