Kormakur's 'Independent People' Set as Both Film and Miniseries

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Kormakur's 'Independent People' Set as Both Film and Miniseries


Keslassy, Elsa, Variety


BALTASAR KORMAKUR IS set to co-write and direct a feature film and a miniseries based on "Independent People," the epic 1934 novel penned by Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, a leading light of 20th century Icelandic literature.

The project will lense in Iceland with local actors and crew, and all dialogue will be in Icelandic. Kormakur, the director of "Trapped" and "Everest," said "Independent People" will mark Iceland's most extensive and ambitious TV and film production to date.

Kormakur will produce both film and miniseries via his banner RVK Studios. Iceland National Broadcasting Service will co-develop and co-produce with RVK.

On top of directing, Kormakur will serve as head writer for the show and will collaborate with other scribes. The feature film, meanwhile, will be based on the first two episodes and be theatrically released. …

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