Danes in Hollywood: Madsen on his first thriller, Leth's first film also ready
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
Backed by local blockbuster Flame & Citron [+see also:
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film profile], Danish director Ole Christian Madsen (pictured) has been signed to realise a US thriller, Paper Trail, for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE).
Staying in Los Angeles for some time, Madsen has been working to set foot inside the American film industry, and according to Danish TV2 he has landed ”the smart thriller, in the Seven and The Usual Suspects vein, about a New Yorker who suddenly finds himself on thin ice”.
”Obviously it is a big challenge for me to enter a new, international domaine, and to work on a budget which is quite different from Danish allowances,” added Madsen, who confirmed he would film with a top cast which was not yet fully in place.
”We are very excited to make this film with Madsen. He has a huge talent, a good feeling for suspense and a unique approach to the material,” explained SKE producer Jim Tauber, who expected Madsen’s first English-language feature to shoot from next summer.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has most recently backed US directors Julie Anne Robinson’s One for the Money, with Katherine Heigl in the lead, and Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.
Another Danish director, Asger Leth, will shortly release his American debut, Man on a Ledge, starring Sam Worthington (Avatar), Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell, a thriller about a police psychologist trying to talk an ex-con out of suicide while a big diamond heist is in motion.
Credited with the award-winning Ghosts of the Cité Soleil, about gang life in the slums of Haiti’s capital Port au Prince, which he co-directed with Milos Loncarevic, Leth started doing commercials and music videos while studying law; he entered cinema as an assistant director on his father Jørgen Leth’s documentaries.
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