Bloody Vikings: Scandinavian producers rally around “The Long Ships”

“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “In a Better World” producers are hoping to cash in on international Viking Fever by bringing “The Long Ships” to the big screen.

It’s based on the Frans Bengtsson best selling adventure novel about 10th century barbarian Red Orm, a Dane kidnapped by Vikings and dragged along on their exploits until he becomes famed in his own right.

It’s been filmed before, something the Hollywood Reporter story neglects to mention. The novel was a hit half a century ago, and director Jack Cardiff put Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier and Russ Tamblyn (“West Side Story”) in the Red Orm role.

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