Magnolia Takes Domestic Rights to Period Epic ‘King’s Land’ Starring Mads Mikkelsen

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the US domestic rights to an epic period drama called “King’s Land” starring Mads Mikkelsen, the company announced Friday.

The film is produced by the Danish production company Zentropa and was sold by TrustNordisk.

“King’s Land” (working title) is co-written and directed by Arcel and Danish screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen (“Riders of Justice”) and is based on the 2020 Danish bestseller “The Captain and Ann Barbara.” And Mikkelsen will be Joining the cast is Amanda Collin, who stars in Ridley Scott’s HBO Max drama series “Raised By Wolves” and 2017’s “A Horrible Woman.”

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Arcel’s film adaptation will be a drama about the conquest of the Danish wasteland and is the story of a proud and uncompromising man and a woman who become his ally in the fight against evil, death and doom. Here is the full synopsis:

In the mid-1700s, the Danish King Frederik V declared that Jutland’s wild moors must be tamed, cultivated and colonized so that civilization could spread and generate new taxes for the royal house. However, no one dared to follow the King’s decree. The heath meant certain death: a place forsaken by God, haunted by ravenous wolves, highwaymen and a brutal and unforgiving nature. But in the late summer of 1755, a lone soldier named Ludvig Kahlen set out into the heath in a dogged pursuit of a lifelong dream, determined to achieve his goal: the heath would bring him the wealth and honor he had long sought. …or make the best of it.

The film is produced by Zentropa Entertainments ApS, in co-production with Zentropa Berlin GmbH, Zentropa Sweden AB, in cooperation with TV2 Denmark, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, SVT and Koch Films. Film i Väst co-produced with the support of the Danish Film Institute Markedsordningen, Eurimages, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Czech Film Fund and Swedish Film Institute. Developed by the Creative Europe Media Program – European Union Media.

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The deal was negotiated by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, and by TrustNordisk’s Susan Wendt on behalf of the filmmakers. TrustNordisk handles international sales.

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