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“The Black Viking” by Icelandic author Bergsveinn Birgisson to Paramount Pictures

Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum attached to direct and executive produce.

17. October, 2017 News

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the novel The Black Viking by the Icelandic author Bergsveinn Birgisson to adapt as a television series, with Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum attached to direct and produce.

 

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Leitin-ad-svarta-víkingnumParamount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the novel The Black Vikinby the Icelandic author Bergsveinn Birgisson to adapt as a television series, with The Imitation Game and Passengers Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum attached to direct and executive produce.

Birgisson, who lives in Norway, holds a Ph.D. in Nordic studies from the University of Bergen. The Black Viking is the result of his search for traces of Geirmund Heljarskinn, his forefather — one of the most powerful viking kings through history — but whose saga has mysteriously disappeared. The author's research has resulted in a fascinating and shocking portrayal of a raw and poetic past. Rarely, if ever, has the Viking Age been introduced to us in this way. 

The Black Viking was written in Norwegian and published by *Spartacus in 2013 and has been translated in several languages such as Icelandic, Italian, Brazil and Danish.

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Birgisson was nominated for the 2012 Nordic Council Literature Prize for the epistolary love story Svar við bréfi Helgu (lit. A Reply to Helga's Letter).

Director and producer Morten Tyldum is known for the Oscar®-winning and multi-nominated drama “The Imitation Game,” staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly; the Oscar®-nominated adventure drama “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt; and his creative talent was first widely praised forthe 2011 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starrer “Headhunters,” which became the top-grossing film in Norwegian history. 


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