Now that dream seems to be within reach, to bring US filmmaking to Iceland

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur made a speech today on the opportunites held by Icelanders in the international film industry at Kex Hostel in Reykjavík today. "I brought everything I have to Iceland. That's not a romantic reference to being some kind of national hero, but simply that I can be much more influential by building up something here and leaving something behind," said Kormákur when asked about investing in the Icelandic film industry. He also talked about the opportunities presented to Iceland with an increased connection to the US film industry. "My dream was to build an Icelandic company which could operate on an international level and generate revenue. Now that dream seems to be within reach, to bring US filmmaking to Iceland," he added, referring to big budget movie The Viking which is next on his agenda. Unversal Studios have purchased the rights to the trilogy and have invested around 80 million USD into the project.

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