Danish helmer-scribe tackles war pic

Miso Film, Danish Broadcasting board project

STOCKHOLM — Danish helmer-scribe Ole Bornedal is set to direct 100 million kroner ($16.5 million) war movie, “Slagtebaenk Dybbol” (The Slaughter at Dybbol).

Pic, based on Tom Buk-Swienty’s novel, is about the 1864 battle in which Germany snatched a third of Denmark’s territory. The heavy defeat became symbolic of Denmark’s determination to resist foreign oppressors.

Peter Bose will produce for Miso Film with the Danish Broadcasting Corp. as co-producer. It’s the pubcaster’s most expensive project to date.

Bose told Daily Variety, “It will be a Danish film, but we expect financial participation from the other Scandi countries, as well as from Germany.”

Script is penned by Bornedal and Jeppe Gjervig Gram. Pic will start shooting early 2012 as a three-hour epic and a TV series.

Bornedal is also attached to direct “The Husband,” based on Dean Koontz’s bestseller, for Focus Features and Random House.

The helmer broke into Hollywood in 1997 with “Nightwatch,” a remake of his thriller that was a hit in Denmark in 1994.