After we meet up with Eggers, he’s lastly returned dwelling to New Hampshire, exhausted and perhaps a bit relieved that The Northman is nearly completed. Filmed in Europe in the course of the peak of the pandemic, in brutally chilly circumstances, then edited in London, the image’s remaining lower is now locked and simply going by its final colour corrections. The hassle is Eggers’ largest so far, and his first step outdoors of the horror style after his earlier, extremely contained chillers.
Says Eggers, “It nonetheless takes place previously and there’s nonetheless darkish mythology and all of the sorts of issues that I’m considering, but it surely’s good to not do a horror film and it’s good to do one thing that doesn’t happen in a single location.”
Certainly, The Northman is huge: an sincere swords-and-shields motion film wherein Skarsgård’s titular (and sometimes shirtless) Viking goes into berserker rages whereas touring a lot of the Viking diaspora within the tenth century, crusing from islands north of Scotland to jap Europe, after which again to Iceland.
“It actually is an epic,” says Eggers. “It’s to not the size of Lord of the Rings or one thing like that, but it surely’s a Viking saga, which I feel is synonymous with being an epic.” Eggers provides with a faint chuckle that it’s presupposed to be his most accessible film so far. “In contrast to my different movies, it’s meant for a broad viewers. Is it going to work? I hope so!”
Maybe for that purpose, the story Eggers settled on for The Northman is a free adaptation of Amleth, a Danish story that dates again to at the very least the thirteenth century and which finally impressed William Shakespeare’s Hamlet—and as Eggers factors out, in flip, The Lion King. Within the new movie, Skarsgård performs Amleth, the misplaced son of a murdered Viking king. In his youth, his father, King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke), was slaughtered by his brother and Amleth’s uncle, Fjölnir (Claes Bang), whereas Amleth’s mom Gudrún (Nicole Kidman) was taken away (though if Hamlet, there could also be extra to it than that). So the prince travels the world and meets figures like a mysterious white witch, or “crafty particular person” as they had been generally known as, Olga (Anya Taylor-Pleasure). All this happens earlier than Amleth returns dwelling to wreak a horrible vengeance.
Eggers says he found Amleth after his fateful assembly with Skarsgård and was instantly taken by the way it offered an ideal engine for homicide and revenge—hallmarks of any good Viking saga—on which he may additionally add brutal set items. Moreover, the story’s personal legacy would make it simpler to attract the viewers into the world he’s developing.