According to Deadline, Magnolia Pictures has successfully acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to Nikolaj Arcel’s forthcoming Danish period epic titled King’s Land, which will be led by Another Round star Mads Mikkelsen. Production is expected to begin on September 5 in Denmark, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
“I had the great pleasure of working with the amazing Magnolia team on A Royal Affair, and I’m beyond thrilled that they’ve boarded King’s Land at this early stage,” Arcel said in a statement. “It feels like coming home.”
King’s Land will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay he co-wrote with Anders Thomas Jensen. This project reunites Mikkelsen with both Arcel and Jensen after working with each of them on their respective acclaimed films A Royal Affair and Riders of Justice.
Set in the mid-1700s, the historical drama will center around Danish King Frederik V, “who declares that the wild heath of Jutland should be tamed, cultivated, and colonized so that civilization could spread, and new taxes be generated for the royal house,” per the synopsis. “However, no one dared to follow the King’s decree. The heath meant certain death – a godforsaken place haunted by ravenous wolves, highwaymen, and brutal and unforgiving nature. But in the late summer of 1755, a lone soldier named Ludvig Kahlen rode into the heath in stubborn pursuit of a lifelong dream, determined to reach his goal: the heath would either bring him the wealth and honor he had long sought…or get the better of him.”
Based on the bestselling Danish novel titled The Captain and Ann Barbara, King’s Land is being produced by Zentropa, with Louise Vesth set as a producer.