Focus World Acquires Baltasar Kormákur’s The Deep

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Thu, 11/29/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to the riveting drama The Deep directed by Baltasar Kormákur (director of this year’s hit Contraband and next year’s 2 Guns). The announcement was made by Focus President Andrew Karpen. The deal was closed by Avy Eschenasy Executive Vice President Strategic Planning Business Affairs and Acquisitions and Kent Sanderson Director Alternative Content & Distribution with WME Global. The Deep has been selected as Iceland’s official submission for the 2013 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign-Language Film category. Directed produced and co-written by Kormákur  The Deep dramatizes an astonishing true incident about the sole survivor of a downed fishing boat. An ordinary man’s will to live made him a reluctant national hero – one whose truly fearless act was to journey home. The film screened at the Mill Valley and Toronto International Film Festivals after being a box office smash in its home country. BAC Films is handling foreign sales of The Deep. Kormákur most recently directed Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg which Universal Pictures opened in the #1 slot at the domestic box office this past January; the film was based on Reykjavik-Rotterdam the Icelandic feature which Kormákur had previously starred in and produced. Universal will release the director’s next movie  2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Wahlberg in theaters nationwide on August 16th. His Icelandic films as director include Reykjavik 101  The Sea and Jar City. Kormákur is currently developing an English-language remake of Jar City with Lava Bear Films and Furst Films; Viking an action adventure to film in Iceland; Everest about events on the mountain in 1996; and a film version of Halldór Laxness’ beloved Nobel Prize-winning book Independent People. He will also direct the pilot episode of The Missionary produced by Wahlberg. His other feature credits as a director include A Little Trip to Heaven  White Night Wedding and Inhale. The Deep was shot entirely in Iceland much of it on the open sea and stars Olafur Darri Olafsson a frequent collaborator of Kormákur’s. Agnes Johansen and Kormákur through his Blueeyes Productions are the film’s producers and Lilja Palmadottir and David Linde are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Jon Atli Jonasson and Kormákur based on the former’s stage play of the same name as well as on news reportage of the events that transpired. The Deep will be released in the first half of 2013.