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Icelandic, U.S. Producers Team on English-Language Skein ‘The Last Vikings’

PARIS — Iceland’s Truenorth is set to produce “The Last Vikings,” an English-language TV drama based on Einar Karason’s medieval saga “The Sturlunga Clan Trilogy.”

Truenorth, the Icelandic production servicing shingle which worked on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Prometheus,” is producing the series with Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and LA-based producer Grant Hill, who previously produced “The Tree of Life” and exec produced “The Matrix Revolutions.”

The producers are currently negotiating a deal with a U.S. streaming platform, Fridriksson told Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

“The Sturlunga clan was the godfather of the 13th century, the most powerful Viking clan, fighting to take control the country,” said Truenorth’s head of production Kristinn Thordarson, who also pointed out Karason collaborated with Fridriksson on “Devil’s Island,””Falcons” and “White Whales.”

“Our ambition is to use the Working Title model, to build on our long-standing relationships with US producers and at the same time expand our collaborations with European partners,’ says Thordarson.

“The Last Vikings,” penned by Karason, is told from the perspective of each main character.

Óskar Jónasson’s “In Front of Others” marked Truenorth’s first in-house feature production. The company is also developing “Vaidas,” a crime thriller directed first-timer Ari Alexander, which is co-produced by Fridriksson. Pic will start filming at the end of the year.

Truenorth is also keeping busy on the production servicing side with the shoot of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 8.” The shingle has recently launched a Norwegian branch to take advantage of the new Norwegian tax rebate scheme.

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