Paul Greengrass to Direct Movie About Horrific 2011 Norway Attack

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Paul Greengrass, whose directing credits include intense real-life incident features Bloody Sunday, United 93 and Captain Phillips, will be turning his sights to the deadliest attack Norway has experienced since the Second World War.

The film, which Greengrass has also written, will tell of the horrific 2011 attack carried out by right-wing Christian extremist Anders Behring Breivik. After detonating a fertiliser bomb and killing 8 people outside the prime minister’s headquarters, Breivik disguised himself as a police officer, took a ferry to Utoya Island, and proceeded to kill 69 people, many of whom were teenagers attending a Labor Party Youth Camp. Breivik was handed a 21-year prison sentence, the maximum penalty in Norway.

Deadline broke the news, reporting that Netflix came out on top in a bid for the rights to produce the film.

Cameras will reportedly start rolling in Norway later this year, with a production budget said to be at $US20 million. The film will also feature local actors, a move that will may help with realism and keep costs down.

If Greengrass’ aforementioned true-story pictures are any indication, this will likely pack one hell of a wallop. The Oscar nominated filmmaker’s sweat-inducing credits also include The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone.

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