BERLIN– Underscoring its ambition to dive deeper into local Nordic productions, Scanbox Entertainment has come on board “Moskus,” a Norwegian makeover of the Icelandic pic “Either Way,” to be directed by up-and-comer Bobbie Peers.
“Either Way’ was previously remade in the U.S. as “Prince Avalanche” with David Gordon Green directing and Paul Rudd and Emils Hirsch starring. Pic earned its helmer the Silver Berlin Bear for best director in 2013 and played at South by Southwest, along with a string of festivals.
Ruben Thorkildsen at Ape & Björn Norway (“The Almost Man”) and Thor Sigurjonsson and Jacob Jarek at Profile Pictures Denmark (“Rams”) are producing “Moskus.” Scanbox Entertainment will distribute across Scandinavia. Both Green and Sigurdsson are exec producing.
“For me, it’s an intriguing thing to be able to take the premise of two films and make it my own. My first thought after having seen both the previous films was that this is a very interesting exercise,” said writer/helmer Peers, whose short “Sniffer” won Cannes’ best short film in 2006. “What can three directors make out of the same situation; two guys from different worlds, stuck together in the mountains.”
Peers describes “Moskus” as a dramedy about “the growing pains of change” — “like a Butch Cassidy and The Sundance kid story in the middle of the harsh Norwegian mountains, before Norway struck oil and became one of the richest countries in the world.” One protagonist is from Norway, the other one is Danish. One is just starting his adult life, the other is approaching the end of his.
“Either Way,” the original movie directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, was a critical success. It played at San Sebastian and earned Sigurdsson a best new director nomination.
Profile Pictures’s slate include “3 Things” starring with “Game of Thrones” trouper Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and “Vinyl” actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen.
“Moskus” will start shooting in August.