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Magnusson Preps English-Language Thriller ‘Vostok’

"Vostok" will be directed by Nikolaj B. Feifer ("Junk Love") from a script by Christian Gamst Miller-Harris, whose fantasy short "Helium" is Oscar-nommed

GOTEBORG– Kim Magnusson’s leading Danish shingle M&M Prods. is developing “Vostok,” a big-scale sci-fi thriller penned by Christian Gamst Miller-Harris, whose fantasy short film “Helium” (which he co-wrote) is nominated for an Oscar. 

Directed by emerging genre filmmaker Nikolaj B. Feifer (“Junk Love”), the English-language suspenser centers on David, a diplomatic science wizard working for a large conglom, who falls in love with an idealistic NGO-employee. They start working together on a science project supposedly aimed at reaching a sub-glacial sphere deep under the Antartic ice. But the pair quickly realize that they’re being used to uncover mysterious resources hidden in a natural reservoir located four kilometers below the ice. 

“‘Vostok’ will have the same atmosphere and style as ‘Junk Love,’ mixing a sci-fi intrigue in the vein of John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ intertwined with a love story similar to ‘The Constant Gardener,'” Feifer told Variety. 

The project reteams Magnusson with Gamst Miller-Harris. The duo collaborated on “Helium,” which marks the Danish producer’s seventh Oscar nomination.

Pic will shoot most interiors on a sound stage and lense a few weeks on location. Magnusson said the pic would film in New Zealand, Australia or Canada, depending on the financing.  “Vostok” has a relatively tight budget ranging between $5 million and $8 million.  

“Although it’s a science fiction movie, we’re approaching  it the same way as ‘Junk Love’: We’ll only do 10 or so full CGI shots to establish the locations, while the majority of the action will take place in that cramped place which is their research facility and the tunnels of a submarine,” explained Feifer, who got signed by Paradigm after making “Junk Love” and has been working on clips and commercials. 

Production is expected to begin in the Fall.

Magnusson’s production slate includes scribe-turned-helmer Anders Thomas Jensen’s comedy “Me and Chicken” starring Mads Mikkelsen.

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