Saban Films announced yesterday that they have acquired U.S. rights to André Øvredal’s MORTAL starring Nat Wolff (Death Note), Iben Akerlie (Victoria), Priyanka Bose (Lion) and Per Frisch (Farewell Illusions). Written by Øvredal (Trollhunter) and Norman Lespearance (Door to the Other Side), the fantasy adventure is produced by John Einar Hagen, Ben Pugh and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Nordisk Film Production, 42 and Automatik. The film is backed by Nordisk Film, Zefyr and Umedia.
MORTAL follows Eric (Wolff), an American backpacker in the wilderness of Western Norway, who gets arrested after accidentally killing a teenager, and manages to flee with the young psychologist he met during his detention. While on the run, with both Norwegian and American authorities tracking him down, Eric finally discovers he has godlike powers based on ancient Norwegian mythology.
“We love André’s work, from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, to Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “This is a coming-of-age origins story but also a genre mashup with Wolff rising as a legend with God-like powers. Our audiences will love this.”
Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Endeavor Content on behalf of filmmakers. TrustNordisk is handling international rights.
Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind, Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell last year and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage. Its upcoming slate includes: Jason Lei Howden’s Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy starring Elijah Wood, and Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg.