'We closed the gap this week and we're headed to start shooting in June,'
producer Johnny Anderson of Nimbus Film commented of the bloodcurdling $6.8 million epic which Refn and Norwegian writer Roy Jacobsen originally wrote back in 2005.
Refn will move on to Valhalla Rising once he finishes his current project, prison drama Bronson produced by UK outfit Vertigo.
Although set in 900, Valhalla Rising is being touted as a film in similar vein to Refn's gangster trilogy, Pusher. 'The feel of it will be very modern,' said Anderson of the film.
Valhalla Rising will be released by Scanbox in Scandinavia. Wild Bunch is poised to take on sales duties. Anderson said that pre-sales have been concluded with Wild Side (France) and Vertigo (UK).
Here in Berlin, Anderson's new feature Fighter, directed by Natasha Arthy, is screening in the Berlinale's Generation 14Plus. The film opened in mid-December in Denmark. Fighter is being sold by Delphis Film. It is about a high school student, a martial arts fan, who starts training professionally at a kung fu club without telling her parents.
The film features martial arts choreography from Xian Gao, best known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.