LONDON — With his Spanish bullfight movie “Manolete” in post-production, Menno Meyjes is turning his attention to the Vikings.
The Dutch-born, U.K.-based writer/director has confirmed that his next film will be “Last Battle Dreamer,” a $20 million love story set in 9th century England, against the backdrop of the Viking invasions.
Future Films, one of the backers of “Manolete,” is producing the project and putting together the financing. Producer is Albert Martinez Martin.
Meyjes plans to shoot “Last Battle Dreamer” on location in the U.K. this fall. He’s currently casting, and expects to find an American star for the male lead, a Viking warrior, and a British actress for the role of the English noblewoman he falls in love with.
“When I moved to England 10 years ago, I was struck by the countryside, how verdant it was and how tempting it must have appeared to invaders, what a ripe piece of fruit it was,” he said. “I thought it would be amazing to do a film about a guy who comes from a barren, flinty landscape, and who falls in love with a woman and at the same time with a certain idea of civilization.”
This transatlantic casting would mirror “Manolete,” which stars Adrien Brody as one of Spain’s most famous bullfighters, and Penelope Cruz as the actress with whom he had a tempestuous affair. The movie is expected to premiere at one of the fall festivals, mostly likely Venice.
Meyjes previously directed New Line’s “The Martian Child,” due for release this fall, and wrote and directed “Max.” He won an Oscar nomination as a writer for his screenplay of “The Color Purple.”