Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur, whose “2 Guns” has grossed $91 million worldwide since its Aug. 2 opening, is moving into TV.
He has retooled and expanded his 13-year-old Blueeyes Prods., based in his home of Reykjavik, Iceland, renaming and relaunching as RVK Studios, which will not only continue to develop film projects but also TV series.
Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson has come on board as managing director of television.
Kormakur, who is in pre-production on the $60 action-adventure pic “Everest” for Universal, says he saw the market opening for quality TV, especially in the U.S. “You make the best show you can but you also make it with the possibility of a remake.”
RVK (an acronym for Reykjavik) is headed to Mipcom with a development slate that includes “Vatnajokull,” a drama about a rescue team searching for missing scientists on Europe’s largest glacier who stumble upon something mysterious; “First Degree,” a crime drama set in the suburbs; and “Trapped,” a thriller set in a small town.
Local-skewing productions that RVK has in production include “Hulli,” an animated series in the vein of “South Park” and “Iceland’s Got Talent,” the local version of the popular format.
As has been reported, Kormakur’s shingle is behind the TV series adaptation of videogame “Eve Online.”
But Kormakur’s base in Iceland is a globally minded — he is still continuing to develop pics in Hollywood — one-stop shop including post-production and visual effects. He has partnered with vfx shop Framestore in RVX in order to build that business in Iceland. “Iceland is very advanced in computer technology,” he says, adding that the population is highly educated and tech savvy. Iceland also offers a generous 20% production rebate. Ryan Gosling’s “How to Catch a Monster” is using the facilities.
Features that RVK is developing include crime drama “Mules,” a debut feature from Borkur Sigthorsson, who also wrote the screenplay; police drama “Grimsson: The House,” being sold as a feature or a two-part TV movie; and horror pic “Rural.”
But right now, the filmmaker — who also raises Icelandic horses — is in Nepal, climbing the Himalayas with his cast before mounting “Everest.”