Saturday, October 15, 2016
The other day, I did an interview in Icelandic with a director of a project I'm working on. It's called The Hidden and being produced by Icelandic companies TrueNorth and Mystery, and UK production company Iron Box.
Funding has started, it was introduced in Toronto last month, and will also be introduced in AFM next month. Casting is also starting, in London and LA. It will be shot largely in Iceland, but the film is in English.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
A film project I'm working on, about the Icelandic 16th Century axe-murderer Axlar-Björn, has been granted the 2nd script grant from the Icelandic Film Center.
Here's a picture from Öxl (in Snæfellsnes), where he lived and killed his victims. A scary setting, perfect for the movie.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
A film I wrote was pitched in Haugesund, Norway, this week:
"Recurrence, dir Marteinn Thorsson, prod Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir, DUO Productions (Ice).
Supernatural thriller about a troubled young woman, with a parallel story about another woman in the early 1900s. Thorsson said, “The film is has a similar mood and atmosphere to The Witch and also The Others. I’m big fan of Guillermo Del Toro so it has those fantastical elements. I want to make a supernatural thriller that has substance and appeals to a large audience.” To shoot autumn 2017."
And a project, where I have story-by-credits, was also introduced in Norway:
"The Deposit, dir Asthildur Kjartansdottir, prod Eva Sigurdarddottir, Askja Films (Ice) [pictured]
Complications arise when a bankrupt fortysomething woman rents spare rooms in her gorgeous house to a Muslim woman from Uzbekistan and an illegal immigrant from Uganda with her 6-year-old daughter. Sigurdarddottir, who was the line producer on Rams, said the film is “a drama with a social political edge. It deals with the themes of immigration and the sensitivities and difficulties that arise when locals and immigrants mix, in Iceland this is quite a new phenomenon.” Kjartansdottir has worked with female immigrants in Iceland and drawn from their stories; real immigrants to Iceland will play the two women. To shoot autumn 2017."
Thursday, June 23, 2016
My recently published Macedonian translation of Hnífur Abrahams is being recommended as one of three books to read this summer by popular Macedonian news page CRNOBELO.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I'm honored to have been entered into this year's edition of the Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction. My entry is on p. 228-9 and can be read here.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Yesterday, on Easter Sunday, there was a radio program about my e-book, The Gospel of John (Jóhannesarguðspjall). It's 50 minutes long and in Icelandic.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Davíð Óskar Ólafsson, and myself the first writing grant (out of three) to bring this remarkable story to the screen.
Here's a short article in English about Axlar-Björn.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Here's an interview with Kristinn Thordarson (pictured), Head of Production in the Icelandic production company Truenorth. I'm involved in some projects with them, and one of them, The Hidden, is starting to take off:
"The first project to get off the ground this fall is the thriller The Hidden about a group of US geologists traveling to a remote part of Iceland who become the preys of the mythical ‘hidden people’."
Truenorth recently signed a contract with Iron Box Films in the UK to co-produce.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Macedonian translation of my thriller from 2007, Hnífur Abrahams, was published the other day and has been featured in many places in the Macedonian press: Here, here, here, here and here. And here's the announcement by my Macedonian publishing house. And of course, I don't understand any of this!
Sunday, February 14, 2016
There's an article on Screen Daily today about some of the film projects I'm working on. They were being introduced in this year's Berlinale by the Icelandic production companies True North and Mystery (see picture).
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Hnífur Abrahams, my thriller from 2007, is soon to be published in Macedonian by Skopje-based publishing House Antolog. Very much fun to see your work in such an exotic, beautiful language!
Monday, January 18, 2016
I did a lecture based on my book from 2014, Jóhannesarguðspjall (The Gospel of John) in the University of Iceland, for the department of theology.
And I also did two radio interviews about the lecture and the book: Here (starts around min. 39) and here (starts around min. 112), both in Icelandic.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I've been working hard on various film projects lately, both in Icelandic and English, but mainly in English, and they've started to gather some interest from directors and also some pretty nice production companies (UK and USA). These are very different projects, ranging from biopics to science-fiction to horror.
I hope to bring you some real news about them in the near future!
Monday, August 31, 2015
And now my novella from 2010, Örvitinn eða Hugsjónamaðurinn ("The Idiot, or, the Visionary"), has also gotten its own page on Wikipedia, where the story is detailed. Very nice indeed.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Someone has taken the time to write about Paradísarborgin ("The City of Paradise") on the English Wikipedia, and outline the plot quite thoroughly.
In other news, I'm working on my screenplays and treatments, and hope to bring some fun news about these different projects in the near future.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Someone took the time and wrote a very nice Wikipedia article in English about my thriller, Lygarinn, from 2011 (it's still only in Icelandic). It's a very niece piece, and actually more insightful than any review about the book four years ago. I'm especially glad with the chapter called "Form".
Saturday, April 11, 2015
I did a small interview in Fréttatíminn on "Causality", the sci-fi film script I'm currently developing.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
I'm working on a sci-fi script with a friend of mine, Icelandic director and producer Davíð Óskar Ólafsson. It's called "Causality" and takes place in New York, both in modern times and in the year 2044.
We asked Pétur Atli Antonsson, an Icelandic illustrator and concept artist, to draw some pictures based on the story. Here are two of them, and I really like them both. Above is New York in 2044. Below is a mental hospital in the future, where patients are kept in virtual reality machines.