Baltasar Kormákur to Direct Viking Action Drama VIKINGR for Universal

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2 Guns and Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur will be treading familiar territory in an upcoming film.  Universal Pictures announced today that it has picked up Vikingr, an action drama revolving around the early days of Viking life that Kormákur co-wrote and will direct.  The project has been brewing for some time, and is close to Kormákur given his Icelandic heritage.  The story is based on the classic tales of the legendary Icelandic Sagas, “which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.”  The film will focus on Viking culture as a whole on a scale that is “both intimate and epic.”

Kormákur most recently directed Everest for the studio, which is a survival drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Robin Wright that will be released next September.  No word on whether Vikingr will be his next film, but it would certainly be neat to see a Viking epic from a major studio make it to the screen.

Baltasar Kormakur in Early Talks to Direct REYKJAVIK Starring Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz

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We haven’t heard much lately in the way of progress on the historical drama Reykjavik, but apparently Baltasar Kormakur is now in early talks to direct.  The 2 Guns director would replace Mike Newell, who was sitting at the helm when last we checked.  The film takes its name from the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, an historic meeting that marks the end of the Cold War.  Michael Douglas is set to play Reagan, with Christoph Waltz starring as Gorbachev; Frank Langella also stars as Paul Nitze, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Reagan’s senior adviser.

As THR reports, Kormakur is only in the earliest of talks and no deals are in place, but there’s now word of why Newell left the project.  Kormakur is currently in Iceland in post-production on Everest, the hiking expedition tale starring Jason ClarkeJosh BrolinJohn HawkesJake Gyllenhaal, Keira KnightleyMartin HendersonEmily WatsonMichael KellyThomas M. WrightSam Worthington, and Robin Wright.  That film is due out September 18, 2015.

Universal to Release EVEREST in 3D and IMAX 3D on September 18, 2015; Film Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Universal Pictures has bumped the survival drama Everest from February 27, 2015 to September 18, 2015.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  The film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.  Even though we’ll have to wait a little longer, the date change is encouraging since Universal might think they have an awards contender if they’ve moved the picture to the fall.  The studio will release Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Right now, there’s no competition on September 18, 2015, but a week later Sony will have the family flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros. is releasing the comedy The Intern.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Everest.

First Look at Jason Clarke in Director Baltasar Kormakur’s EVEREST as Filming Begins in Nepal

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Production is underway in Nepal on director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) survival drama Everest, and the first image from the pic has been released.  Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal lead the cast as the story revolves around two different expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest that are mired by grave obstacles and one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered.  The pic is based on real-life events and was written by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).  This first look image shows a group of climbers led by Clarke braving the snowy conditions, and Everest should be quite a sight to behold when it opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on February 27, 2015.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.

A Tale of Two EVERESTS: Doug Liman’s Pic Looks to Cast Benedict Cumberbatch as George Mallory, While Baltasar Kormakur’s Survivor Pic Starts in November

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There are currently two Everest pictures in Hollywood that are looking to get off the ground:

  • Director Doug Liman’s Everest, a period picture that centers on British mountaineer George Mallory and his ill-fated third attempt to conquer the mountain in 1924 at the age of 37.  Tom Hardy was previously attached to play Mallory, but plans to start production in March didn’t mesh with Hardy’s schedule.  Sony is eyeing Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and a number of other actors.
  • Director Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest, set up at Universal, tells the disastrous tale of a 1996 expedition to climb the title mountain that ended in the death of eight climbers after a storm hit.  Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke are attached.

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As great a time as I’ve had at the movies this summer, basking in the glow of giant blockbuster after giant blockbuster, watching The Way, Way Back last weekend was a relief. A barely average waterpark stood in place of the massive action set pieces I had grown accustomed to. A teenager from a broken home struggling to find a shred of self-confidence was the substitute for the oft-used extinction of civilization as we know it stake. Although I hesitate to call the film great (I would reserve that attribute for the similarly-themed Adventureland if pressed), it was exactly what I needed at the time: a small-scale comedy/drama with both feet planted firmly on the ground and characters I could invest in. With films like The Way, Way Back currently playing nationwide, if you’re still suffering from blockbuster sensory overload then you only have yourself to blame.

My recommendation for curing the common blockbuster aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the moving first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2 Guns interviews with director Baltasar Kormakur and more, the first trailer and official images from David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, Joe Lynch‘s very cool short film Truth in Journalism featuring one of my favorite Marvel characters, and our own Christina Radish covering the heck out of the TCA Press Tour with Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Game of Thrones related posts. Let’s meet on the other side of the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks 2 GUNS, HBO’s THE MISSIONARY, EVEREST, What he Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns.  The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos.  For more on 2 Guns, here’s the red band trailer and six clips.

At the recent New York City press day I got to speak with Kormakur.  He talked about making 2 Guns, how it compared to his previous films, deleted scenes, what he collects, the status of HBO’s The Missionary, and more.  In addition, with Kormakur hard at work prepping his next film Everest, he talked about the recent casting announcements, where and when they’re filming, could they use IMAX cameras, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

2 GUNS Review

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There are two kinds of machismo.  The first is authentic.  It comes from guys who are confident, tough, and perhaps a little cocky.  The other is posturing.  It’s a puffed-up chest and a general over-compensation for a variety of obvious weaknesses.  2 Guns has both, but far more of the latter than the former.  The chemistry between leads Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide all the spark, verve, and excitement the rest of the picture lacks.  Outside of its two leads, Baltasar Kormakur‘s action movie is a lumbering, convoluted mess of various players shuffling around the protagonists through a series of limp set pieces.

First Trailer, Poster, and New Images for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

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Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and a few new images for director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns.  The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  I’m happy to see that the pic doesn’t take itself too seriously, as there’s a nice sense of humor blended in with the more action-geared aspects of the story.  Washington and Wahlberg have some very promising chemistry, and 2 Guns looks like it could be a nice breath of fresh air in a sea of gritty, dark, and unrelenting action films that populate the marketplace.  Also, Bill Paxton as the villain?  Yes please.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and some new images.  The film also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos.  2 Guns opens August 2nd.

Christian Bale to Star in Baltasar Kormakur’s EVEREST

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Back in December, Steve spoke with director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) about his upcoming project, Everest.  “It’s a very, very big movie with a medium budget,” said Kormakur.  He also said that they wanted to try and get as high up the mountain as possible, and also spend three months shooting on a glacier.  According to Deadline, Christian Bale should get his crampons ready.  The film is based on the disastrous 1996 expedition that left eight climbers dead, and Bale is in talks to play the lead role.  Jon Krakauer chronicled the event in his must-read first-hand account of the tragedy, Into Thin Air. However, Everest will not be an adaptation on that book, and instead draw from multiple sources including interviews with survivors.   Kormakur’s film is not to be confused with Doug Liman‘s project of the same name, which is set to star Tom Hardy as Sir George Mallory, the first person to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain.

Kormakur is currently up for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film for his survival picture, The Deep.  He also directed the upcoming action flick 2 Guns starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington.  Bale will be seen later this year in Out of the Furnace.

First Official Image of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 GUNS; New Image of Vin Diesel in RIDDICK

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We’ve got two new images for you today from the following films:

  • 2 Guns – The first image from director Baltasar Kormákur’s actioner features stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two undercover operatives from different branches who work together without knowing each other’s secret identities.  2 Guns opens August 16th.
  • Riddick - A new image from David Twohy’s third installment in the trilogy starring Vin Diesel as the fan-favorite anti-hero.  Riddick debuts September 6th.

Hit the jump to see both new images.

Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks EVEREST Movie Based on 1996 Accident; Hopes to Be Filming This Summer After HBO’s THE MISSIONARY

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While director Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep, Contraband) is busy in post production on next summer’s 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, that doesn’t mean he’s not planning future projects.  As we’ve previously reported, Kormakur is going to direct the HBO pilot for The Missionary, which would take place during the 1960s and center on an American missionary (Benjamin Walker) who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin.   He told me the plan is to film this April in Hungary and a few days in East Berlin, and after the project wraps, he hopes to make Everest (which is a working title).

According to Kormakur, the film recounts the story of an accident on Mount Everest in 1996.  When I asked him the size and scope of the project, he said, “It’s a very, very big movie with a medium budget.”  To make it look as real as possible, he plans on filming on Mount Everest, traveling as far up the mountain as he can with actors.  They will also film on a glacier for three months.  For more on the project hit the jump.

Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

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One of the many films opening next summer is director Baltasar Kormákur‘s (The Deep, Contraband) 2 Guns.  Based on the Boom! Studios Graphic Novels by Steven Grant, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward and Edward James Olmos.

Recently I sat down with Kormákur for an extended video interview and he gave me an update on the project.  He says he’s trying to get Clinton Shorter to do the score, he’s in the middle of editing (he’s turning in his director’s cut around Christmas) and the current cut is about 2 hours 10 minutes, trimmed down from 2 hours 25 minutes.  When I asked him to describe the film, he pitched it as a pulpy comic adaptation that’s “probably closer to 48 Hrs. than Bad Boys.“  He also told me his contract says 2 Guns will be R-rated, but he will only make it R if it makes the movie better.  He doesn’t mind cutting an F-word.  In addition, when I asked him to compare it to Contraband, he said 2 Guns relies less on big action, “hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions.”  Hit the jump for more.

Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks HBO Series THE MISSIONARY

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One of the many projects HBO is developing is a cold war series called The Missionary.  If the pilot gets picked up, the series would take place during the 1960s and center on an American missionary (Benjamin Walker) who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin.  Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Levinson, and Mark Wahlberg will executive produce the pilot, Charles Randolph will pen the script, and Baltasar Kormákur will direct the pilot.

Recently I sat down with Kormákur (Contraband2 Guns) for an extended video interview and he gave me an update on the project.  He said the plan is to film the pilot in Hungary in April.  In addition, they’ll also shoot a couple of days in East Berlin, but he says Hungary looks most like East Berlin from the time period.  We also discussed casting, how he got involved in the pilot, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks THE DEEP, What it Means to Be Iceland’s Academy Award Selection, and More

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One cold night in Iceland in March 1984, a man accomplished the impossible: he survived five hours in the freezing ocean after the fishing boat he was on sank and then managed to swim ashore.  Yes, I said five hours. If you’re not aware, most people can only last a few minutes in the winter ocean, with some able to endure ten or fifteen minutes.  But lasting an hour is unheard of, let alone five!  This is the true story of director Baltasar Kormákur’s film The Deep, and it’s also Iceland’s official Academy Award selection for Best Foreign Language Film.

Recently I sat down with Kormákur (Contraband2 Guns) for an extended video interview and every night this week I’ll be posting part of it.  Tonight covers The Deep.  During this portion Kormákur talked about how he first became aware of the story, how much was fictionalized, what the success of the film in Iceland means to him along with it being the national submission for the Academy Awards, deleted scenes, the challenges of filming with a small budget, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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