‘The Northman’ director admits studio interference in post-production


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Director Robert Egger is known for directing the artistic horror film The witch and the equally artistic horror-fantasy film Lighthouse. Both films were distributed by A24, and next month audiences will be able to see his third feature film, The man from the north – which will be his first studio film with his biggest movie budget yet.

The man from the north is described as a Viking revenge thriller about “a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge the murder of his father”. The story is based on Amleththe Scandinavian story that would inspire Shakespeare’s character Hamlet. Eggers spoke to the new yorker before the film’s release and he admits that the version audiences will see isn’t exactly the version he had originally hoped to make.

“I think I delivered the most entertaining version. The most entertaining version isn’t necessarily something I’m usually looking for. But it was here, you know, and it happened.

The studio, New Regency Productions, was disappointed to see the film receive poor screening scores. Audiences struggled with the Norse accents and slow pacing, with one person writing, “You need to have a master’s degree in Viking history to understand, say, anything in this movie.” Eggers agreed to recut the film, which he described as a very painful process for him.

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ll do it again. Even if it means, say, never making a movie that big again. And, by the way, I would like to make such a great film. I would like to make an even bigger one. But, without control, I don’t know. It’s too hard for me.

The New Yorker called The man from the north“the most accurate Viking film ever made” and that “it may also be the most ambitious”.

The film stars Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Ethan Hawke, Bjork, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe. You can look The man from the north in theaters from April 22.


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