Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to Kings Land from TrestonDisk, an epic of an era starring Mads Mickelsen and produced by the Danish production house Gentropa. The film will be directed by Nicolas Arcel, and written by Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen. Jensen and Mickelsen have recently collaborated on Riders of Justice and Arsel and Mickelsen on the Oscar-nominated Royal Affair. Production begins this summer.
In the mid-1700s, Danish King Frederick V declared that the wild heaths of Jutland should be controlled, cultivated, and colonized so that civilization could spread and new taxes could be created for the royal house. But no one dared to obey the king’s order. Heath refers to certain death – an apostate place that is haunted by ferocious wolves, highwaymen, and cruel and unforgiving nature. But towards the end of the summer of 1755, a lone soldier named Ludwig Kahlen set out for Heath in a stubborn pursuit of a lifelong dream, determined to reach his goal: Heath would either give him the wealth and honor he had long wanted… or get better.
“We’re really excited to be back in business with Nicolas, Anders Thomas and Mads,” said Emon Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures. “It’s an important project and we can’t wait to bring it to the audience.”
“I am delighted to be working with the amazing Magnolia team on a Royal Affair, and I am thrilled that they have landed at Kings Land at this early stage,” said Arcel. “Looks like coming home.”