Vikings Lord of the Rings producer Barrie Osborne is apparently interested in shooting a Viking film. He it thinks may do for Norwegian tourism what LOTR and The Hobbit has done for New Zealand. Thanks to Ringer Obi donkenobi for the heads-up!

The producer behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy wants to shoot a $100 million Viking blockbuster in Norway, saying he is drawn by the “authentic landscape” and the expert knowledge local historians have about the Viking era.

Barrie Osbourne, who was also behind the Matrix films, said that he wanted to make a trilogy following the story of Harald Hardrada, the last great Viking king, who died in his attempt to conquer England in 1066.

“The movie will be about how Harald evolved from a teenager to a great leader who rallied his kingdom,” Osbourne told Stavanger Aftenbladet. “There is so much to tell about Harald that it does not fit in one movie. We need to create a trilogy. It will have the same structure as “Lord of the Rings”, where the hero travels through many countries and kingdoms.”

It was unclear whether the proposed film was the same project as a Harald Hardrada film starring Leonardo diCaprio which was reported earlier this month.

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