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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Malaysian-made Viking flick to hit US cinemas on Oct 4

Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse will open in TGV cinemas nationwide on Sept 12.

Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse will open in TGV cinemas nationwide on Sept 12.

PETALING JAYA: A made-in-Malaysia fantasy film will hit cinemas in the United States on Oct 4 before moving to over 10 countries.

The film, Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse, which is produced by KRU Studios will be released locally next month.

After the US release on Oct 4, the Viking-based fantasy action movie will be screened in Britain, Australia and other countries, including Scandinavian ones.

“We have a commitment of 30 to 50 screens in the US. It is not a big release, but it’s still a release. It’s an achievement to get screened in cinemas (internationally) and some will be available in 3D,” said Vikingdom’s director Yusry Abdul Halim during a “making of” session at TGV cineplex at the One Utama shopping mall.

The session was attended by National Film Development Corpora­tion Malaysia (Finas) officials who appeared excited after watching the film’s trailer.

Finas chairman Datuk Md Afendi Hamdan said: “Yes! This is the kind of movie that we want!”

With a budget of over RM20mil, the film, which carries a PG-13 rating, is estimated to be Malaysia’s largest production yet. It will be distributed internationally by Universal Pictures.

Vikingdom’s story follows a Viking king named Eirick who must bring order to a world thrown into chaos by the god of thunder, Thor.

It was originally written by the film’s executive producer Norman Abd Halim, though it was totally rewritten by Los Angeles-based writer James Coyne.

The film stars TV series Prison Break star Dominic Purcell, with Natassia Malthe as his love interest and Conan Stevens as the antagonist.

Though it carries an all-Hollywood cast, the movie was produced almost entirely by a Malaysian crew.

Yusry Abdul Halim

The film was also shot locally, with most of the scenes done inside the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang convention centre.

Other locations included Gua Tempurung and Kellie’s Castle in Perak as well as Filem Negara Studio and Puncak Alam in Selangor.

Many of the scenes, according to the production crew, had to be built from scratch to emulate the cold, harsh environment of a Nordic world. These included a massive indoor pond with a custom-built Viking boat and mounds of fan-blown salt to mimic a blizzard.

Computer graphics were also used in the production.

The film was funded almost entirely by Yusry and his brother, who received a RM2mil grant from Finas.

It took more than two years to make, with the 3D version finally completed in May this year.

Vikingdom: The Blood Eclipse will open in TGV cinemas nationwide on Sept 12.

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