Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Film About Norwegian Terrorist | Film News
Netflix will add another big director to their vast catalogue as they’ve won the rights to make director Paul Greengrass‘ next film, which will focus on the Norwegian terrorist who, in 2011, murdered 77 people in the country’s deadliest attack since World War II.
The atrocity was committed by Anders Behring Breivik, who described himself as a right wing Christian extremist. The film will be shot on location in Norway with a budget of around $20 million. Netflix reportedly fought off heavy competition for the rights. Pre-production will begin later this week with an eye on a autumn shoot.
Greengrass is no stranger to adapting mass acts of terrorism into film. In 2002 he made Bloody Sunday, which focused on the Irish civil rights protest march that led to a massacre by British troops in 1972, and in 2006 he directed United 93, a film about the heroic passengers who lost their lives attempting to wrestle control of a hijacked plane on 9/11.
Greengrass’ usual style is heavy immersion, utilising the handheld “shakycam” technique to create a sense of reality within his work, and this seems like another project that suits his style, although this is arguably the darkest project he’s undertaking and will have a tough time finding a source of hope and heroism within such a horrific ordeal.
Greengrass is also signed on to direct Ness, revolving around the titular incorruptible lawman, Elliot Ness. It was presumed that would be his next film, but he will instead make this film first. It’s another coup for the rising film department for Netflix, as they continue to lure big names synonymous with their big screen experiences to their service.