Warner Bros. picked up a pair of projects from writer Chris Boal. Including a Viking-themed epic that “True Blood” thesp Alexander Skarsgard would star in and produce.
Atlas Entertainment preemptively sold the pitch to WB (working title: “The Vanguard”). Boal is set to write the script, which follows the adventures of two Viking warrior brothers who embark on a journey back to Sweden after banishment to North America.
Additionalstory details are being kept under wraps, but the project, which the studio is eyeing as a potential tentpole, will be in the vein of best picture winners “Gladiator” and “Braveheart.”
Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce for Atlas, whose young execs Andy Horwitz and Jake Kurily brought the project in and will also be involved in some producer capacity. Skarsgard will make his producing debut with “Vanguard,” signaling his rise in stature following his starring turns in Universal’s “Battleship,” Screen Gems’ “Straw Dogs” remake and Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.”
Jon Berg and Chris Gary will oversee the project for WB.
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