In a push to bolster the Icelandic film and TV industry, “Everest” director Baltasar Kormákur is set to launch a 40,000 square-meter media village housing a big-scale film studio and a flurry of entertainment companies in Reykjavik.
The primary site, dubbed “film land,” is 20,000 square-meter and was acquired by Koramkur for 2.6 million Euros. It’s located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, by the ocean. Kormakur said he also optioned an additional 20.000 square-meter which regroups industrial buildings and surrounds the primary site.
“The idea is to create a hub for the creative industries and bring together film, TV, music and gaming companies,” Kormakur told Variety. Secondly, said Kormakur, the goal is to attract more local and international productions. The national film school will also move to Film Land, said the helmer, whose directorial credits include Hollywood and Icelandic movies such as “Everest,” “The Deep” and “Two Guns.”
Iceland is already a popular destination for film and TV shoots and is bond to attract more now that the tax rebate has been raised to 25% starting in 2017, according to Kormakur. Examples of high-profile productions that have lensed in the Nordic country include “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Fast and Furious 8.”
“Iceland has always attracted productions of all kinds because it has strikingly beautiful landscapes but we need a big facility with topnotch, state-of-the-art equipment so that companies who come here to shoot exteriors in our country can stay for the indoors,” said Kormakur, who added that the initiative was backed by the city of Reykjavik.
Kormakur will shoot there the film and television series he’s producing via his outfit RVK Studios, notably his upcoming TV show “The Mayor,” the second season of “Trapped” as well as “Red Fjords,” the historical crime thriller which RVK is doing with Tornasol Films. Kormakur is also looking to shoot his long-gestating movie project “Vikings” at Film Land.