The director of Swedish horror hit "Let the Right One In" and award-winning British spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is getting ready to spend big cash on his next project: "The Brothers Lionheart".
The budget was supposed to land near $30 million, now we are told it's close to $50 million. That's nothing for a Hollywood flick but being a Swedish movie, "The Brothers Lionheart" will become the most expensive movie ever made in Scandinavia (beating "Arn - The Knight Templar" from 2007).
"The Brothers Lionheart" is a fantasy novel written by beloved children's books author Astrid Lindgren in 1973. The story follows two brothers, Scotty and Jonathan, on an adventure in the afterlife. They decide to fight the black knight Tengil and his dragon Katla to free the oppressed people of Nangijala.
Tomas Alfredson will shoot the movie this summer, with his longtime DOP Hoyte van Hoytema ("Interstellar", "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") behind the camera. Script is penned by John Ajvide Lindqvist ("Let the Right One In").
The casting of the movie is underway with Jina Jay ("Tintin", Harry Potter series) searching for the two boys. "The Brothers Lionheart" is previously filmed in Swedish in 1977. Alfredson's version, however, will be in English and made with an international audience in mind.
The world premiere is set for Christmas 2014.