Cannes: Jonas Akerlund to Direct ‘Lords of Chaos’ for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, RSA, Vice

Jonas Akerlund to Helm 'Lords of

Pic will star Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones, above

LONDON — Swedish film and music-video director Jonas Akerlund will helm English-language film “Lords of Chaos,” which is produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, RSA London and VICE. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales, and will launch the pic to buyers in Cannes.

Rory Culkin (“Scream 4,” “Signs”) and Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class,” “Byzantium”) are confirmed for leading roles in the film, with further cast to be announced shortly.

Pic, which is co-produced by Chimney and Eleven Arts, is the terrifying story based on real events about a dream-turned-nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of control.

The pic follows 17-year-old Euronymous, who is determined to escape his traditional upbringing in 1980s Oslo. He becomes fixated on creating true “Norwegian Black Metal” music with his band Mayhem, and creates a phenomenon by using shocking stunts to put the band’s name on the map. But as the lines between publicity and reality start to blur, acts of arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation.

Co-written with Dennis Magnusson, the film will be produced by Jack Arbuthnott, Kai-Lu Hsiung, Ko Mori, Fredrik Zander and Malte Forsell, and executive produced by Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, Danny Gabai and Vince Landay for Vice, and Carlo Dusi for Scott Free London.

Akerlund is best known for his music video work with music stars such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Lady Gaga and U2. He has won three Grammy Awards, including ones for Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses” and “Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live From London.” His feature film work includes “Spun,” “Horsemen” and “Small Apartments.”

The film will shoot in the fall of 2015 on location in Norway.

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  1. Paul Goddard says:

    I personally think this will be a disgrace of a film and also there is no mention at the moment of any key players within the black metal scene being involved with this film.

  2. Vargen Euronymous ( yeah it really is) says:

    in this case reality, overcomes fiction.. add some fiction to that reality and o get a hell of a story.. not so hard to understand eh?’

  3. Rob says:

    The truth is in the dvd until the light takes us we don’t need fiction .Mayhem have come along way since the events in the early 90s so no the film shouldn’t be made!

  4. Eric L. says:

    I would rather that people see Until the Light Takes Us, the documentary by Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell.

  5. Why must he use a wolfs head in the video……..stupid thing to do !

  6. anonym says:

    Shoot me now.

  7. ThrobbingBlackWerebeast says:

    Oh god.

  8. Jean-Michel says:

    Sono Sion would’ve done great by this project. Shame that didn’t pan out.

  9. so? He makes videos for pop stars. Out of touch? You bet your ass. I shit gold when I was a teenager but it doesn’t make me Midas as an adult.

  10. this is bullSHIT, no directer should do this because they have no clue or deranged thoughts. Piss off poseurs.

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