Mel Gibson says Viking movie (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) may be his last

March 12, 2010 | 11:46 p.m.
Mel Gibson

Last fall, movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson shook hands for the first time and then sat down for an intense five-hour meeting to discuss a topic of mutual passion – making an epic Viking film.

No Hollywood project is a slam dunk, especially a high-priced period piece, but if the ramping plan to create a maritime epic does work out, the meeting at the Santa Monica offices of Gibson’s company, Icon Productions, will be remembered as the day the Vikings set sail again in cinema.

There were two other men in the room that day, both of them Oscar winners: Producer Graham King, who set up the meeting, and screenwriter Bill Monahan, who is now at work on the script for the untitled project that will be directed by Gibson (who won an Academy Award for directing “Braveheart”) and star DiCaprio (a three-time nominee).

Gibson recently reflected on the meeting as a special moment for him – a chance to get underway with a project that started as a daydream during his youth. “It was the first movie I ever thought about making,” Gibson said. “I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it’s the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It’s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it’s done I may be finished.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

Gibson is an extremely wealthy man after directing and producing “The Passion of the Christ,” which he financed on his own and watched go on to make $612 million worldwide in theaters, and after some nasty scrapes with the press and public opinion in recent years, the 54-year-old sounded as if his Viking epic might be a fitting farewell to his Hollywood life. The people around Gibson, however, scoff at that notion and say that the Australian-bred actor and auteur is far too restless creatively to ever walk away from filmmaking.

Work is now underway on the script by Monahan, who penned the screenplays for “The Departed,” which starred DiCaprio, and “Edge of Darkness,” which starred Gibson, as well the 2005 Ridley Scott film “Kingdom of Heaven,” which was a battlefield epic set in the time of the Crusades.
 
“We’re going hammer and tongs on the script right now,” Gibson said. “When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that’s what I will be going for in this film. It’s a challenge though. There’s never been a good Viking film, not that I’ve seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don’t want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters.”

King, the producer of “The Departed,” “Edge of Darkness” and the upcoming Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie film “The Tourist,” said it was a casual conversation with Gibson about his childhood interest in the marauding Norsemen of antiquity that led to the meeting last fall.

Graham King

“Mel and I were talking and he said he had always wanted to make a Viking movie and I knew, too, that Leonardo DiCaprio had a passion to make a Viking movie, I had heard that, so I decided to get all of us together on it,” King said. “The interest was in both of them for a long time and I can see why – the Vikings are so mysterious and for an actor to get his teeth into something like that could really lead to some interesting things. And it’s something the audience hasn’t seen in a long time.”

The most famous film on the seafaring warriors was probably “The Vikings” in 1958 with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and Ernest Borgnine. The film was jeered by critics, such as Bosley Crowther in the New York Times who called it a “giant charade” memorable mostly for its “ancient castles, grotesque rowboats and bushy beards.”

King, a U.K. native, greeted the film’s mention with a smirk. “I just remember all these guys with all their New York accents.”

Gibson said he has no plan to appear in the film but King said there’s a chance that might change. DiCaprio hasn’t ventured into sword-and-shield cinema since “The Man in the Iron Mask” in 1998 and “Romeo + Juliet” in 1996. Gibson praised the younger actor, whose next film in theaters is Christopher Nolan’sInception” this summer. Neither Gibson nor King would discuss the name or back story of the central character. 

William Monahan

“We all knew we wanted to do it. It was just a matter of finding what the story would be, who our Viking was,” King said. “There’s not many sympathetic Vikings out there. And you have to find something of sympathy in one of them or what else is there to show, other than blood and guts and rape and pillaging?”

 The challenge was finding a hero of noble deeds, sacrifice or sympathy – “Braveheart” had its William Wallace, “Gladiator” its Maximus and “300” its King Leonidas, and without any of them those hugely successful films would have been just extended sword fights.

“You can’t just show a film that is battle scene after battle scene, you have to show heroism and sympathy,” King said. “This is not going to be a cheap movie to make by any stretch of the imagination. We’ve got to make it interesting to a worldwide audience. To me, the greatest thing about this is we don’t have a book or a familiar story – we had a couple of guys doing a month and a half of research on all of the different Viking stories that are out there. We had that research when we went in the room and we had Mel driving that train during the meeting. So we sat there five or six hours and then we had another meeting and it was the same thing. And after that we felt we had a sufficient enough story and material to go off and write the script for a movie.”

What about “Thor,” which is now being filmed in New Mexico and tells the tale of the Norse god who isn’t really a Viking but does have the same taste in hats? “We’re not making a comic book, this isn’t about superheroes,” King said with a hint of disdain. “Although I’m sure everyone in town would love us to. This movie will be quite serious and very much for grown-ups.”

– Geoff Boucher

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PHOTOS: Top, Mel Gibson in Santa Monica, 2010 (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times); Second, Leonardo DiCaprio in Beverly Hills in 2009 (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times); Third, Graham King in New york, 2006 (Caroyln Cole/Los Angeles Times) Bottom, William Monahan at the Oscars in 2007 (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
 

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123 Responses to Mel Gibson says Viking movie (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) may be his last

  1. Lilian Pires says:

    Pelo amor de Deus, Mel, nem pense em parar de dirigir ou atuar. Você vai deixar um enorme buraco no coração de todos nós que admiramos seu trabalçho e você de um modo geral, como ser humano. Nós, seus fãs, precisamos de você.

  2. Ben Marcus says:

    The 13th Warrior was a pretty good Viking movie, even if the book it was based on turned out to be a fraud.

    • ned says:

      how was Crighton a fraud in "Eaters of the Dead"?

    • Davish says:

      The book "Eaters of the Dead" was based on an ancient manuscript written by an arab who actually lived among vikings for several years.

      The author merged the legend of Beowulf with that manuscript and the result is a more realistic version of Beowulf with very detailed historic facts about vikings, making the book a very good viking resource in terms of culture.

      The movie was one of the best Viking movies out there, together with the classic "The Vikings" and "Beowulf & Grendel", this are the 3 best viking movies out there.

      For a culture so rich in legends, historic facts and myths, i'm still surprised to see so many few good viking movies out there. Hope Gibson does an excelent job, wasn't expecting Caprio on this, but if he loses his irritating American accent for the movie, it might well work.

  3. Ron says:

    Didn't the 13th Warrior feature vikings in a sympathetic role? That was a wonderful movie.

  4. skooterpie says:

    Maybe Mr. Gibson could do a remake of Judgment at Nuremberg and make that his last film!

  5. Jessi says:

    Can't wait to see it.

  6. Are you kidding says:

    "after some nasty scrapes with the press and public opinion in recent years…" such a lovely oblique way of saying "after a drunken hate-filled rant against officers of the law fueled by deeply-ingrained anti-semitic beliefs…" I guess if it weren't for the nasty press and public, old Mel would be just a dandy fine person.

    • your dumb says:

      Wow most people love him for that. If mel wasn’t here to hate the jews, they would just come up with someone else that hates them. So people feel sorry for them. That’s how they rise. By real mens pitty for the weak!

  7. Charles Dews says:

    I hope DiCaprio has sense enough to stay away from anything Gibson does. He is a disgusting and toxic creep whose last good movie was Mad Max. Since then he has turned into a rightwing nutjob with dreary Catholic Church connections. Maybe he should do a movie about child abuse by priests. Come on, Mel, let´s see you take on a real subject of interest.

    • Coop says:

      At least he balances out all the rest of the leftwing nutjobs in Hollywood. :)

    • Guard says:

      Without you knowing the truth, words like your's go unheard. It's best to forgive – That is what you would want for your sins as well.

      Speak words of Love and not Hate, you might just see a change.

  8. JR Jake says:

    Acting, directing, producing, consulting, or just participating is reward in itself most of the time. Great actors, all of them, and Mel's characters definitely reflected some of my personal characteristics during parts of my life.
    One day a minister was telling me that he was going to 'retire and enjoy my retirement'. My response to him was 'Ministers never retire they just die'. What made me say that I now know because one's profession is not our earned talents, we will always carry them and hopefully pass those nuggets gained onto others. Good luck Mel and Leo, good actors fer sure.

  9. Jim says:

    No, Mel, NO. You MUST make movies for us.
    Don't listen to the detractors that trash everything, everyone. It's easy to take potshots at the one on the top and the one on the top happens to be you, the King of Hollywood. Praise, unfortunately, is rarely handed out.
    Please: Make movies for us.

  10. BillyBurke says:

    Mel:
    Go for it!
    The pathfinder was an excellent Viking film.
    There is the story of that Viking Stone found in the prairie of Kansas, MO or Oklahoma that might make a good Vikings in North America theme.
    With all the bad PR there is also a lot of good things that the Vikings did, they just did it for themselves and not anyone else.
    But there is nothing new about looking out for number 1!
    Be a Nike and just do it

  11. Chuck B says:

    I support Mel Gibson's talent whether you like him or not, I highly doubt that he is the only artist in Hollywood with issues, you would have to be dumb to think that, it's Hollywood, get over it.

  12. Mooncat says:

    Great news about it being Mel's 'last movie' – if it could only be true! Oh PLEASE, Mel, DO make it your last film, so we don't have to see your sleazy face in the news any more.

  13. Patricia says:

    I don't understand why a Viking movie would be interesting. The Vikings were murderous horrible people. There was nothing whatsoever about them that was sympathetic or redeemable. They slaughtered monks and nuns, there was no a such thing as a civilian to them, they stole for a living, they were hard cold warlike violent ugly people.
    They abused their children to make them tough. They allowed their own children to slaughter each other because they didn't think the weak children deserved to live.
    People who teach children to murder each other are irredeemable.
    Who could possibly be the sympathetic character in a Viking movie? Only a Viking victim could be sympathetic, and Vikings didn't let their victims live long enough to drive a film.

    • Chris says:

      If you actually put time into the research of the Iron Age Norse, you would realize they really weren't that bad.

      Were they brutal? Sure. But who the hell wasn't at the time?

      The Norse were actually a very civilized culture. Unlike most other European cultures at the time, the Vikings bathed; regularly. They instituted a hybrid of feudalism and democracy where every man had the right to voice their concerns and all citizens had access to the law.

      Why did the Norse raid monasteries and attack priests and nuns? Simply because they saw unarmed communities filled with gold and silver.
      It's like going out and hunting a one legged turkey as opposed to hunting a lion with a machete in its teeth.

      Women were fully within their right to divorce an abusive or lay-about husband with rights to her dowry, the house and half the man's stuff.

      If their husband died, they had the -right- to remain an unwed widow and were given due respect.

      Do you like Christmas? – Thank the Vikings for most of the ceremonies, same goes for Easter.
      Even most of the days of the week are named after Norse Gods.

      The Norse showed great respect for their children. When they were small, they were allowed to run, play and enjoy themselves, from then they were gradually given more and more responsibility until they could look out for themselves.

      Do research before you bash a culture

      P.S. I know this is an old post, but I still felt compelled to respond.

      • Kjersti says:

        Yes, you're right Christ, we were good to our own people…. And then we slaughtered or stole everyone else, that is after we raped them all. Sorry Ireland, and thanks for being so merciful to us–you saved us in the end.

    • Naglafar says:

      Hi, I'm from norway and I supose I know a thing or two about our history.

      What you are saying is not based on the truth what so ever. The vikings captured slaves, plundered churches and raped nouns. But the children was not treated like that.

      However the vikings is not a group of people. Norsemen is a people, they where mostry farmers and fishermen.

      The word viking comes from the expression "to go viking". When norsemen desided to go viking, they built large ships and whent to the brittish islands to plunder and steel, and who had more gold then the church? It is known that the warriors ate narcotic mushrooms to overcome their fears in battle. So it is understood why they are remembered that way.

      What about the pirates of carribean, pirates was not sumpathetic either.

      Scandiavien people is not ugly, that is just racist.

      • Another Norwegian says:

        You're right. Almost anyway. We were decent people…. To each other. Everyone else? Not so much. I've been to Ireland, I've seen what they did. IT WAS NOT NICE.

        BTW, what the original post refers to; the vikings who slaughtered monks and the like, were mainly Norwegians from the west coast. Which is a terribly limited population, from which I happen to descend.

    • Jason says:

      You know that you just described the Greeks, The Romans, The Persians, The Mongols, The Huns, The English, The Saxons, The Picts, The Aztecs, The Native Americans, etc. etc. Every one of these cultures at one point or another raised their children to be warriors, brutalizing them and turning them into hardcore killers. Everyone of the these cultures raided, raped, and killed religious groups, women, and children. Every civilization in history has been warlike, that is how they survived, more technological advances have been made from war than any other field of science.

      Lastly, if your so upset about a viking movie, why are you commenting or reading about one anyways? Go about your ignorant bliss woman.

    • john deene says:

      Vikings are better and worthy of the title, more-so than the Irish,Italians,etc.Honorable people of today they are.Vikings did not steal history from others like the English,Irish,etc.True WARRIORS….Viking Attacks and the Moorish Spain.VIKINGS FOUGHT THE MOORS AND SAILED WITH THE MOORS.The description Moors has referred to several historic and modern populations of the Maghreb region (Western North Africa) who are predominately of Berber and Arab descent.VIKINGS-Pirates�wild�bloody barbarians. This is how the Vikings were seen by their contemporaneous southern Europeans, who during the 9th and 10th centuries suffered their pillaging expeditions. Still, these Northern people also left a rich culture and a developed trade network till Persia and discovered America 500 years before Columbus. But during the 8th century, the Vikings realized they could acquire goods in an easier way.

    • Einherjar says:

      you obviously dont know much about "Vikings" that whole era was huge, and the sea raiding mauraders were only parts of it, the vikings were more then brutal barbarians and seafarers, if you dwelve into some history books you will, see that alot of what the Norsemen of the "viking era" did has affected the world even to this day, another thing is that the raidings stopped after a few years and the norse went on beeing explorers and trademen.
      On another note, the Pathfinder is a holywood remake of a Norwegian Movie about the Sami people, it were an aboslute butcher of the original movie.
      And when it comes to what to base the story on: theres alot of great viking kings that would make for a great movie setting, Harald Hardraade, which will take the movie to several countries, maybe Eirik the Red Leiv Eriksons father, not to mention all the dane kings. theres alot of base stories to choose between here. hopefully they will be able to finaly pull off a good viking movie.

      • Norwegian-American says:

        What a great topic to stir up peoples' passions! So many different viewpoints!

        While it is true of course that many Norse people went "a-viking," it is equally true that most people of that time and place were peaceful and law-abiding (law being a Scandinavian word), simply trying to eek out a living for themselves and their children. I think there must be a very clear distinction made between "vikings" and "viking-age people." The former being the "monsters" of history we have come to imagine, and the latter being a much larger and more diverse group of simple, middle-age northern peasants living out their lives with the same basic hopes, fears and dreams of everyone else who has existed on this earth.

        Viking-Age people should be remembered for their significant contributions to technology, exploration, law, democracy, language, mythology, etc etc. while Vikings themselves should correctly be remembered as the murdering, thieving, raping evil villains who inflicted immeasurable pain and suffering on their victims that they were.

        But I still want to see a bad-ass Viking movie. Hope somebody goes to work.

  14. John says:

    Sounds like a great movie. Would like to see how early Christian phylosophy clashed with the warrior culture of the time. Not like Zemeckis' bull—- take on Christianity in that sleepathon Beowulf. And besides, illustrating the positive in Christianity is likely to get some in Hollywood all bunched up in the nickers.

  15. td says:

    Mel Gibson, a TRUE artist. He has the courage of 1000 artists.

  16. psp says:

    What a toxic combination ! I always imagined Vikings as big brawny guys ..how exactly is metrosexual DiCaprio going to pull that off ? Implants ? I don't buy him in a role like that.
    For his part Gibson will probably have the Vikings raiding the richest village and killing all the elders who just happen to be Jewish !

  17. bettye198 says:

    Since when is 54 the new retirement age?
    Mel needs to rethink his life and his passion. There are young brilliant minds lurking in the doorways and his mentorship will never go unnoticed.

  18. jmurphy says:

    "Australian-bred"
    What does that mean? "Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney when he was 12 years old"

  19. todd says:

    Mel is the most important film maker of his time. I am really interested to see what he comes up with this time.

  20. justinm says:

    "People should stop misrepresenting their personal opinion that MG is a hot-headed bigot as a rational fact. These are wrongful, prejudiced assumptions. "
    Mel Gibson was not provoked into saying anything he said. Sorry – He came out and said it. The story is fascinating because he was unprovoked. It just flooded out. Before you strangely defend it. I think you should ask yourself what type of drunk person would say what he said. I don't know anyone who would spew anti-semetic rants after being pulled over. You're saying it's because he was bullied after being pulled over. Really? Fighting bigotry does help Jewish people. I have no clue why you don't think so. I can only speculate what your true views are. Please think more. Please. I'm begging you. You sound like a 100% liar to me.
    I will NEVER see another movie of his again. I only see a dried up miserable hateful person. I think a lot of people will never understand the mentality of a bigot.

  21. Chris Grega says:

    Try reading a novel by Bernard Cornwell. He has a whole series of Viking books.
    "The Vikings were murderous horrible people. There was nothing whatsoever about them that was sympathetic or redeemable. They slaughtered monks and nuns, there was no a such thing as a civilian to them, they stole for a living, they were hard cold warlike violent ugly people."
    Better yet, try reading a little history. More people have been butchered in the name of Christianity than any other institution. A historically correct, pro-Pagan Viking film would be fantastic.

    • Christian says:

      That's not quite right, in fact, the most people were killed in atheist regimes such as in Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia or Pol Pot's Cambodia. Think before posting.

      By the way, stop glorifying vikings…. There was nothing admirable about them, except for perhaps wanderlust, and I'm not so sure that's honourable.

      • Arnar says:

        Vikings managed to sail across the rough North Atlantic ocean and land in N-America long before any other Europeans. And yet they didn't pillage or rape anyone over there. Vikings didn't kill or pillage everywhere they landed, they traded with people in the Mediterranean etc.

        Pirates (other than Vikings) pillaged, raped and murdered yet they get movies and stories glorifying them with little or no objection.

        It might be above your head but you could use reading a bit of history.

      • Viking says:

        Hitlers regime wasnt totally atheist. If you look at the belt buckle of the german military it said "Gott mit uns" ("God is with us"). As well you can find dozens of pictures of Hitler with the pope, the pope referring to hitler as the saviour of germany. And yes that is quite right, the fact that more people were killed in the name of christianity. Underlying christian believing hitler, crusades, romans during the 4th century when christianity became the single state religion in rome, as well as the crazy christian witch hunters. 16th and 17th century Ireland. English troops "pacified and civilized" Ireland, where only Gaelic "wild Irish", "unreasonable beasts lived without any knowledge of God, the spanish inquisition, as well as the natives that first inhabited north america when the "good" christians came. So you my friend should think before posting. Oh and on a side note, Stalin used the church as well when he first came to power to help gain control of the people

  22. Ben Marcus says:

    The same day I read this about Mel Gibson's Viking movie, there was a story about a mass grave with 50 beheaded Vikings found during Olympic construction in England.
    There's your story right there: How did the Vikings get there, and who overwhelmed 50 of them and killed them all?
    As an Australian, Mel might not want to make a movie sympathetic to the ancestors of the modern Brits, but who knows.
    The 13th Warrior is a pretty good Viking movie, but the book is harsher.

    • Otto says:

      As I read this article I was thinking, rather than a movie about Vikings, tell a story taking place amongst Vikings in Viking times with Vikings, like perhaps a murder mystery, or at least some type of mystery. And here we have it. The Vikings even get to be the sympathetic victims.

  23. Nik0987 says:

    People should stop misrepresenting their personal opinion that MG is a hot-headed bigot as a rational fact. These are wrongful, prejudiced assumptions. First, one has to believe that people are never unfair, or that drunk people are never unfair, to consider the type of event that took place in 2006 proof that a person is a bigot – and such an ignorant view would make one an unfit judge in any case. Secondly, this incident was in reality a once in a lifetime event in over 50 years of life that shouldn’t be misrepresented as the opposite, a characteristic trait. When people have to twist a point to make a point not only do they not have a point, they have cast doubt on their own motives and/or ability to reason in a sound way. Is it unlikely that a person would have taken cheap shots under the circumstances MG was in at the time? No. Who wouldn’t feel bullied if ever arrested, it’s an instinctive reaction to having our freedom taken away. And when are we most likely to take a cheap shot? When we feel bullied ourselves. Additionally, when is it most likely that we would give in to that type of emotion instead of stay on higher ground despite feeling bullied ourselves; when our defenses are down, which is the case when we drink alcohol.
    For many it was completely clear that the above is exactly what MG meant when he apologized and stated that what he had said was the stupid ramblings of a drunkard. He felt bullied and took a cheap shot, he wasn’t expressing an inner felt truth, on the contrary, he was being unfair, something he feels ashamed and appalled about. For anyone who cares about being fair, who sets that as a normal standard in day-to-day life, crossing that line despite it, is a legitimate reason to apologize, to take the unfair statement back and replace it for a fair one.
    More and more people, fans and non-fans alike, have become increasingly alarmed by the amount of hatred coming MG’s way. Contrary to MG, who misbehaved once and apologized for it, many of these people go on and on and show no remorse at all. The time that we are willing to take these continual attacks seriously is over – it is beginning to look a lot like bigotry itself. Whether MG is a bigot remains to be seen, many of those attacking him however are at least themselves infected with the disease they accuse him of having; a hateful, prejudiced attitude with no ability and/or willingness to deal with facts and emotions in a balanced and unbiased way.
    As for other misrepresentations, MG stated that he did NOT say sugar ”….”: A officer called his female colleague that name. It is not likely the officer would let MG lie about it. When people keep attributing this remark to MG despite this knowledge, it says everything about them and nothing about MG.
    Is this all in defense of Jewish People? Does it help them? At a certain moment this constant hate mongering turns against the ones continually attacking as opposed to the one who did it once and apologized. Anyone wishing to defend Jewish people should take that into account.

  24. Marcus says:

    So fans of comic book movies are all children, eh, King? Get a clue, you talentless hack. Slapping the term "grown-up movie" on this film just makes you look pompous and pedantic.

  25. MC D-Lyte says:

    YES! I hope Braveheart makes a viking drive flying lambourginis like in history and that they have so many sweet heat-seeking rocket launchers and proximity mines to kill the aliens.
    And I hope it is as good as Richard Gere in Love With a dog revenge love story you can read about here
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  26. The Norwegian says:

    I'm from Norway, one of three countries(scandinavia) where Vikings once came from.. I read you're comments and can't help but get frustrated, because there are so many ignorant, stupid people out there.. I realize that it might not be extremely available in english, but try reading "The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway" by Snorri Sturluson, written in 1225 A.D. :
    http://omacl.org/Heimskringla/
    Mel Gibson, if you read this, follow the link and read your ass off, because we people in scandinavia are so very tired of false stories and rumours about our past.. I especially recommend reading the chronicle about Harald Hardrade and Olaf Trygvason.
    This was for all you folks out there who want to know the real stories, straight from Norway :)

  27. David says:

    That guy who played Jesus in Passion would make a good Viking. Dicaprio is too small. He could play a Viking b*tch!

  28. Brett says:

    Mel IS making this one in English, isn't he? I mean, he's not going to insist that the actors speak in some archaic language of the Vikings, I hope.
    As for King's "hint of disdain" about the upcoming "Thor" movie and how Mel's movie will be "quite serious" and "for grown-ups," all I will say is that Mel's films are certainly not known for their historical accuracy, even if "Passion" was filmed using only the Aramaic language for dialogue. I'm sure his "Viking" pic will contain no end of inaccuracies as history will be sacrified to tell what Mel believes to be a good story. I hope "Thor"'s box office succeeds that of this "Viking" pic.

    • Arnar says:

      That "archaic" language you mention is pretty much Icelandic, a modern language.
      Why must everything be in English, people seem to have such disdain and ignorance for Norse culture that our ancestors are little more than murderers and rapists (because no other European country raided foreign lands and took slaves, right?).

      Hoping that Mel will actually try and do some actual research before making this flick (if he's gonna do it) I wish it will do better than that abomination "Thor" that partakes in creating a very distorted view of Nurse culture. That movie/Marvel Thor is like someone took a dump on the poetic Eddas.

      Sorry but I get really frustrated at reading many of these ignorant comments here and I might be taking it out on you (but yeah, vikings spoke fairly similar language as we do here in modern Iceland, Mr. English).

  29. Chris Ibach says:

    DiCaprio as a viking? I don't think so. The Norsemen would have killed his scrawny ass at birth.

  30. Dave says:

    I don't understand about all this hating's all about that if a person were to grow up with ramblings of an anti-semetic father. That it is only natural that their sons would echo out those same sentiments (even if they don't really believed in it to be true) as well as quoting words especially while being intoxicated. Intoxication makes people say the darndest things that it could either hurt or hender peoples lives, I mean what makes Gibson's intoxication ramblings any more different than the next, just because he's a celebrity!!!

  31. Nik0987 says:

    Justinm:
    A guy in a bar. Drunk. Sees a beautiful woman. Goes up to her and starts flirting. She says “No”. He now says she is “ugly anyway”. Why, because he feels belittled, not because it is true. Alcohol lowers our defenses in every way, it effects all of the standards we apply in day to day life, just like it effects all of our muscles groups, instead of just one. Yes, it can make it easier to tell certain truths, it can make it just as easy however to do the exact opposite, to give in to taking a cheap shot, to being unfair, especially if we feel bullied and attacked.
    Our actions take place within a context. Feeling bullied is an instinctive, natural reaction to having our freedom taken away, whether the reason is just or not. The officer who arrested Gibson was Jewish and looks Jewish. Israel had just invaded a neighboring country when Gibson was pulled over. It was all over the media, many were concerned it would spread further and lead to a mayor international conflict. Gibson at that time had also been accused over and over again of having hateful, hurtful sentiments towards Jewish people, of thinking they as a group are responsible for killing Jesus, of thinking they are to be blamed for all sorts of things that go wrong today. In that context that cheap shot was a very likely one to be at hand, not an unlikely one. And if everyone who had ever made a nasty remark at one point in their life in an extreme and unusual set of circumstances would be called uncivil and inhumane, not a lot of people could honestly claim to be decent, kindhearted and trustworthy anymore – including most of those attacking Gibson.
    For the record, Gibson all along stated that he does not support the theological theory that ‘Jews as a group are cursed by God for the killing of Jesus’. He says that the problem is not caused by certain groups that are any different from any other group, but instead by our shared inherent human capacity to end up in a place were we succumb to hatred. He in fact says about the killing of Jesus that we are ALL to blame, HE himself is to blame, for the simple reason that, as he sees it, we all have the same dormant abilities. That is a theory of equality, not the opposite – and indeed, Gibson always as a director portrays people succumbing to violence as barbaric some way – blue-eyed gentiles included. A recurring theme in his work is not any particular group, but the vicious effects of hatred itself.
    Again, if people want to believe that Gibson is antisemitic they are free to, they should not however misrepresent that personal opinion as a rational fact. It is not. There are different valid ways to interpret what happened that night – as well as what the film “The Passion” does or does not stand for. It is in fact possible to be genuinely concerned about antisemitism and believe at the same time that Gibson is not antisemitic. Prejudice and hatred are worrisome phenomenon, whoever indulges in it, whoever its victims are. And especially people who claim to be (warning) against a person because he is supposedly hateful, extreme and unable to be balanced and fair, should not indulge in such mentalities themselves. It puts their OWN motives and personality in a questionable light – it makes one wonder whether THEY can be trusted. And yes, many and many at this moment are doubting the integrity of those who are attacking Gibson again and again. And by the way, many of those are not Jewish at all, and many who HAVE accepted Gibson´s apology and do not consider him anitsemitic ARE in fact Jewish.

  32. Weicher says:

    Maybe Mr King should read Walter Simonson's work before saying nonsense as that.

  33. Cole Davis says:

    Troubled actor? Typical press mudslinging.
    He is brilliant.
    At least he is not a child rapist.

  34. patrik says:

    Looking forward to this movie already ;), im a swedish guy who have read about wikings and their ways of life for many many years! cheers.

  35. Jo says:

    I am crossing my fingers that this movie gets made. No matter your opinion on Mel's personal views, you can't deny that the majority of his movies are kick-ass! A viking movie would be great… as long as they don't have helmets with big horns on them – the vikings never wore those things! And if any of you are worried about making vikings smypathetic, try reading the Saxon stories by Bernard Cornwell. He writes about an Englishman raised by Danes, who is torn between the two cultures. It's great! I think Leo has the talent to pull off an outstanding viking!

  36. DK says:

    I can only hope it truly will be his last film.

  37. David says:

    Contemplate The “Passion of The Christ”
    Have you ever thought about how bizarre the crucifixion story is? Imagine the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe sitting on his magnificent throne in heaven. He looks down onto earth and says to himself:
    Those evil humans down on earth. I hate what they are doing. All this sin…
    Since I am all-knowing I know exactly what the humans are doing and I understand exactly why they commit each sin. Since I created the humans in my own image and personally programmed human nature into their brains, I am the direct author of all of this sin. The instant I created them I knew exactly what would happen with every single human being right down to the nanosecond level for all eternity. If I didn’t like how it was going to turn out, I could have simply changed them when I created them. And since I am perfect, I know exactly what I am doing. But ignore all that. I hate all these people doing exactly what I perfectly designed them to do and knew they would do from the moment I created them. I HATE IT! I tried killing all the humans and animals once in the flood. That certainly did not fix the problem.
    So here’s what I am going to do. I will artificially inseminate a virgin. She will give birth to an incarnated version of me. The humans will eventually crucify and kill the incarnated me. That, finally, will make me happy. Yes, sending myself down and having the humans crucify me — that will satisfy me. I feel much better now.
    It makes no sense, does it? Why would an all-knowing being need to have humans kill himself (Jesus is God, after all) to make himself happy? Especially since it is a perfect God who set the whole thing in motion exactly the way he wanted it? The whole story of the crucifixion is absurd from top to bottom if you actually stop to think about it.
    If you believe the story of Jesus, Jesus clearly knew that he is God. In John chapter 14, verse 8 we find this:
    Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
    So it makes you wonder about Jesus’ famous lamenation in Matthew 27:46:
    About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
    Since Jesus is God, what he really must have meant is: “Myself, myself, why have I forsaken me?” Which of course makes absolutely no sense.
    The reason why the crucifixion makes no sense is because God is imaginary

  38. JasmineK says:

    Endlessly fascinating man. Glad he's made a comeback. Martin Campbell was right about him – he's a true heavyweight, and that's rare in the movies now. But I for one am glad that he's showing his more cerebral side now. And I appreciate his honesty when it comes to analysing himself and his work. Shymalan was right in telling him he was acting was OTT – that's the rather regrettable style he acquired ever since he exploded in Hollywood with the Lethal Weapon movies. The perceptive, sensitive performances of his early career prove that there is a great actor inside him waiting to come out again. I wish him the best!

  39. Al Foster says:

    Mel, keep pluggin away! Congrats on your new family. I am a big fan and would like to be in this movie. I am 6'4" 250lbs, athletic, and from Camden, New Jersey. Living in Colorado Springs after 23 years in the USAF. Never acted before but that doesn't matter. I'd make a great Viking. 719-338-8633…take care, Al.

  40. Larry says:

    I hope Mel Gibson uses Sissel Kyrkjebø the Norwegian singer for his Viking Movie, She was the one in the Lillihammer handover at the 1992 Albertville Olympics riding on the giant Ice Bear singing the melody, " Molde Canticle", as the Vikings are presented with the Norwegian Children. She also sings the hauntingly Beautiful Norwegian song about Vikings returning home called, "Laer Meg A Kienne".

  41. Michelle Mobley says:

    Astonished! Why would Gibson even consider casting DiCaprio in the role of a Viking? There are so many brilliant actors who are actually Scandinavians, and many U.S. actors who are of Scandinavian descent. Sure, DiCaprio has the box-office draw, but what about the absolute Viking features of Viggo Mortensen? Actor Trond Espen Seim of the “Varg Veum” series of mystery movies is another perfect example of strong Viking features, as is Kim Bodnia, the baddest dude in Denmark. Any of the actors from "In China They Eat Dogs" or "The Green Butchers" would be excellent choices. I'm equally surprised at Gibson's declaration: "There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen." He has never seen "The Shadow of the Raven"? Moreover, if he were a true student of the history of the Old Norse language, he would know that dialect is still spoken in Iceland; and in the Faroe Islands (way north of the UK), they speak an archaic dialect of Danish – also a Viking tongue. If he doesn't make this endeavor even remotely historically accurate, he will annoy many moviegoers. There is a huge Scandinavian population in RPV. Maybe he should get to know them. (Mel – do you know about Follins Pond in Massachusettes?)

  42. Stu Cohen says:

    I am always excited to see Hollywood filmakers focusing on Historical projects. Might I suggest that they read Bernard Cornwell's novels, to find interesting and likeable viking era characters. Btw- they were not called Vikings. That was a description of what they did. Norsemen is more like it. In the 7 & 8th centuries, their influence & wrath, was felt all over Europe. My question to you is: Why hasn't an EPIC movie been made about the life of Julius Caesar? HE was the most interesting human in ancient history, other than Christ. And in my mind the single most capable human in history. And the stories are legendary. NOT the Shakespeare story. Captured by the pirates, conquering Gaul, the civil wars, Egypt, etc… The most compelling story of one man in history. Thanks for letting me give me 2 cents worth.

  43. Loseth says:

    Icelanders speak the Viking language to this day if they really want to know a close approximation of what the Vikings sounded like.

  44. Dave says:

    Maybe make a movie about the Holohoax…

  45. Grimarr Black says:

    The ignorance in some of these comments is almost painful.
    First of all, not all Norse peoples were vikings. Being a viking was like an occupation.
    Second of all, I would strongly suggest some of you learn a few things about Norse culture from a source other than movies. Pathfinder was a miserable piece of drek. Any historical accuracy was accidental at best.

  46. T. S. White says:

    I think most of your films are just great and well preformed. I would love to see Mr. Gibson portray the roll of Major Greg "Pappy" Boington of vmf 214 of WWII. I think he would be a perfect choice to play him. He is probably the single most famous Marine Aviator in history. I can see no greater honer for that unit still operating today, than to be told on screen with Mr. Mel Gibson.

  47. franz culobio says:

    i think of that gibson should direct a film titled brawler……….it will be a nice
    movie star (leonardo dicaprio, and johnny depp)……two amazing actors would
    star in this movie.

  48. NorseJew says:

    Gibson's directed one good movie- Apocalypto.
    "They were monsters" shows a pretty empty understanding of that span of history. As someone else suggested, the screenwriter and Mel would do well to actually learn about it.
    I think an adaptation of one of the sagas might be more thrilling viewing.

  49. Simon says:

    Damn, I hope Mel considers Helene Bøksle when deciding on what music to use for this movie. She's the Norwegian singer who sings gorgeously in Old Norse in Age of Conan (the online computer game). I got to say it sounds very epic. Link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kn99vRCbww&fe
    "Brothers will battle to bloody end,
    And sisters' sons their sibs betray;
    Woe's in the world, much wantonness;
    Axe-age, sword-age — sundered are shields —
    Wind-age, wolf-age, ere the world crumbles;
    Will the spear of no man spare the other."

  50. David says:

    HELLO? Beowulf,anyone??? Are these guys completely clueless as to who would make a good central character for this film?

  51. o mar says:

    I can't wait for this movie to come out, I am a fan of Mel Gibson. I love his work! I think he is terrific. Leo is one of our finest actors and I believe this is going to be huge!!!

  52. Steve G says:

    If you come to the Norwegian Independence Day parade (May 17th) in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, you get a sample of what Vikings probably looked like.
    They are huge people, even now. No wonder the scrawny little Leo Di Caprio peasants of Europe lived in terror of them.

  53. H. Kristian Solvang says:

    I'd just like to say that I think it's great that Mel Gibson wants to make a Viking-movie. I do however think that he should hire an actor who is actually "Norse". Leonardo DiCaprio is hardly either Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, from Finland or Danish.
    Rock on!
    -H. Kristian Solvang (Norway)

  54. Christian of Sweden says:

    He should make script from the swedish book "Röde Orm" (Red Snake) in english. Orm (Snake) is a Viking name.
    That book is the best Viking book ever. It is in class with Lord of the rings. Use that book and Scandinavian actors, from Sweden, Norway and Denmark and let them speak swedish! We all speak Swedish in Scandinavia, its a scary laungewich for forgeiners..

  55. matt ostrander says:

    i wish that people would leave mel gibson alone in my eyes he has been the best actor and director ive ever known by far the best father figure in movies ive ever seen. like it said in the bible he who has not sin before God cast the first stone. other wise walk away and let be and let God decide cause in the end he is creator of all and maker of all. so all you that judge are going to feel his wrath just like the rest of us sinners, in the end!

  56. matt ostrander says:

    what a lot of people need to under stand is those who hate mel hate the truth and when the truth comes they will be on there nees crying for mercy so go on cause soon you will have no answeres but only regrets!!!

  57. matt ostrander says:

    i am not anti mel for every thing he has done in acting and directed i have been felt and moved so rock on mel your the best, ever been known to hollywood all those who hate are not true to real life!!!!!!!!!!all they want is exceptance to that that is not real and beleive they are a part of something that does not exist.

  58. Gabrieltheromanian says:

    The best book for his movie is the one about vikings, The vikings or Long boats by Frans G Bengtsson. Had all mr. Mell Gibson want, adventure, real facts, love, and comic moments.

  59. gimpy mom says:

    Won't go see anything related to Mel Gibson. Not making him one more cent! I hope others will do the same.

  60. lowa says:

    I think Mel showed great genius in his Apocalypto movie. He will most likely be remembered like all geniuses (Howard Hughes? ?) Mad in real life, but creatively brilliant!!!

  61. Heisenberg says:

    Dear Mel,
    Please, please, please still make this movie.
    I will see it one thousand times.
    From, Me.

  62. Peter Callander says:

    As stated before, one of the best viking tales, pure fiction tho, is about the Swedish viking called Röde Orm (red snake/serpent/adder :), where Orm is his name and Red is the color of his hair! And as also stated before me, please use Scandinavian actors. There are probaply hundreds of actors wanting to be part of a movie like this. What gets me going about this is that they are talking about making a real movie, not like the ones before. (the 13th warrior, beowulf (animated), Korpen Flyger/Skugga) Dont get me wrong i like those movies (myself coming from Sweden) but from i have seen Mel has some seriously good potential of creating epic stories. Its interesting how a civilization who only ruled for 300 years or so made such a mark in history! Mel if you are looking for actors, gimme a call! Skål!

  63. Tab says:

    Sounds great. Hopefully it will come to fruition and soon; though with Mel's current problems… this could be a new start for him in the public eye. Talent exceeds past endevors "Polanski" anyone. If it turns out to be great then there you go. The only thing I'm hoping for and insist upon is the leading actress to be played by a true Nordic… " Noomi Rapace". She's the most talented actress ever on the planet. She dones her acting skills like Heath Ledger without the fatal results. She's able to throw the character up when she's through with it.

  64. M says:

    Fast forward to now….and the Oksana situation, will MG still make this movie. I read that Leonardo Di Capprio has pulled out – probably on his agents say so – shame. I do hope this movie is made. I love Mel's movies. I understand he has a situation at the moment. Never mind Mel, not excusing your words etc but it was a private conversation albeit a toxic one…..What goes on in Hollywood…Polanski drugged and raped a 13year old and he is spoken of as a master/genius. Bollocks Hollywood grow up!!!

  65. Jo Vanderzee says:

    I wish all these viking wanabes would look at why the vikings invaded England and France rather than first stopping off at was is currently the Netherlands-Netherlands being closer to Scandinavia! I'll tell you why, its because the Frisians who lived between France and Germany knocked the vikings senseless whenever the vikings tried to invade Mother Frisia! But the history books won't tell you that! Long live Frisia!

  66. Jo Vanderzee says:

    Well truth be told the Vikings succsefully raided Frisian lands for money or goods. After the 840s, they didn't really (as a whole) didn't have much want to stay in the land, other lands were preferable to settle. Sooo, they wern't really fought off from settlement but didn't comit to it and left after a while. Simply put the vikings raided many areas but colonized only a few choice lands like England, Scottland, Ireland, Iceland, France etc. Frisia(Netherlands) probably was not worth it.

  67. A.Behn says:

    The guy made some mistakes and now there going to try and drive him into the ground. Enough already.

  68. Cindy Silverberg says:

    Say what you will, hes one heck of an actor and he knows how to make a movie. Who gives a rats whisker about his PRIVATE life. As far as the derogatory statements that he "while under the influence"…so what! Everybody's done stupid things.

  69. David S. says:

    Being Jewish myself, I think that going on and on and on and on about Mr. Gibbon's comments while drunk, kinda makes us all look like a bunch of overly sensitive cry babies responding to name calling. I don't like that visual so can we please find closure and move on now. lol

  70. Paul says:

    All I really want to say about this is, DON'T PUT HORNS ON THE VIKING HELMETS!!!

  71. Steve says:

    One of those two actors should, after this film (if Gibson would be willing to stay in Hollywood long enough) do the Germanic story of Arminius. Also known as Armin or Hermann, he is the epic hero that they want to see in this movie; he comes from the northern tribes, and he created an epic effort that united the tribes along the Rhine river and expelled Roman forces, a feat very seldom seen in history, especially by "barbaroi."

  72. Vinland71 says:

    Calling Vikings monsters because they pillaged, raped and killed many people is stupid. Hypocrites christians killed and tortured more pagans and non christian than any of these Viking raids. Yes they were adventurer and they fought and they wage wars against other nations but not unlike what the germans, the angles, the franks, the celts or whatever. While "civilised" french sissies did not wash because of the cold water and fear of warm water disease and instead powdered and perfumed their stinking skins, these barbarians (Vikings) were using soap …
    They should make a movie about how christians killed their heritage and religion and depict a proud standing Jarl never to surrender to this sheep herd and weakling religion called christianity.
    Hail Wotan !!!

  73. Sebastjan Vodušek says:

    Finally a potential for a good viking movie!

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  76. ann says:

    Mel's biggest problem is his rants were witnessed by others (and recorded) whereas many other stars and even politicians have said/done much worse, and get away with it (because no one was there to record the incident). We are human…we are fallible…give the guy a break (his personal issues do not detract from his acting or directing abilities…).

  77. corrne garcia says:

    yes get leonardo discaprrio hes perfect he desires much better roles i love him as an actor

  78. Thor says:

    Neither Mel or Leonardo make good vikings both are small framed womanly men.

  79. bill held says:

    the norsemen and vikings were the greatest warriors of all time hail odin

  80. Giorgio says:

    I hope one day some people will get to understand that the world does not revolve around jews. So leave that guy alone. He did much more good to the humanity than most of you will ever even think of doin.

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  83. bibi says:

    dear mel…
    how about a small, simple, beautiful, direct, honest, deeply meaningful film
    about an honest man and his struggle to do what is right over what is popular?
    surely there are tremendous stories from history to provide a subject profound
    enough for you to devote your energies to. or is it just about money?

  84. Elias says:

    If it is his last, let it be.

  85. Alfred says:

    if your looking for a story about vikings with some sympathetic characters, you should check out The Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell. Great books that i always thought would be great movies.

  86. john deene says:

    THE VIKINGS and THE MOORS. Tribes of great strength and true Warriors. "Pathfinder" and "The Thirteenth Warrior" are the best Viking movies to date.Vikings conquered and discovered much of Europe.Russia,England,Ireland,etc.Olaf,Leif Eriksson, and their descendant William the Conqueror.

    Mel….we salute you.

  87. john deene says:

    It would not be inaccurate to say that the Moors helped reintroduce Europe to civilization. But just who were the Moors of antiquity anyway? As early as the Middle Ages, and as early as the seventeenth century, "The Moors were," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "commonly supposed to be mostly black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for negro." Dr. Chancellor Williams stated that "The original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were Black Africans."

    At the beginning of the eighth century Moorish soldiers crossed over from Africa into Spain, Portugal, and France, where their swift victories became the substance of legends. To the Christians of early Europe there was no question regarding the ethnicity of the Moors, and numerous sources support the view that the Moors were a black-skinned people. Morien, for example, is the adventure of a heroic Moorish knight supposed to have lived during the days of King Arthur. Morien is described as "all black: his head, his body, and his hands were all black." In the French epic known as the Song of Roland the Moors are described as "blacker than ink."

    William Shakespeare used the word Moor as a synonym for African. Christopher Marlowe used African and Moor interchangeably. Arab writers further buttress the Black identity of the Moors. The powerful Moorish emperor Yusuf ben-Tachfin is described by an Arab chronicler as "a brown man with wooly hair."

    Black soldiers, specifically identified as Moors, were actively recruited by Rome, and served in Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. St. Maurice, patron saint of medieval Europe, was only one of many Black soldiers and officers under the employ of the Roman Empire.

  88. john deene says:

    More people have been butchered in the name of Christianity than any other institution. A historically correct, pro-Pagan Viking film would be fantastic

  89. john deene says:

    The original Jews in Africa 2000 years ago were a Black African people as an ethnic group. (Massey: Egypt Light of the Word p501) Many of them still are Black, in northenrn Africa such as the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia. A New York Times editorial (3/2/84) described them as "a lost tribe that has kept it identiy for more than 2,000 years in a remote corner of Africa." Abraham, ancestor of the Hebrews, was from Chaldea; the ancient Chaldeans were Black. In fact, Africa takes it name from Ophren, a son of Abraham by his wife, Keturah (Whiston: The Life and Works of Flavius Josephus p50) Like Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the lineage of Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie also goes back to Judah -through Solomon/Queen of Sheba and King David.

  90. Kathy Danby says:

    There certainly has been "a good Viking film". The film called The Vikings starring Kirk Douglas was brilliant. If the Vikings were "murderous horrible people ….etc" as has been stated, how on earth would you describe the Romans? They destroyed most of what other civilizations had built and made slaves of conquered people to build their own cities. The Vikings have left many buildings of which they would be justly proud, and I live within half a mile of, in my opinion, the most beautiful one – St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney. I agree about Leonardo di Caprio though – anyone less like a Viking would be difficult to imagine!! There must be someone more suitable than him. It's a pity Charlton Heston is no longer with us. Maybe he wouldn't have been the perfect Viking, but he would certainly be better than di Caprio! Keep looking Mel.

  91. bron2412 says:

    The 1958 film 'The Vikings' was way ahead of its time and would feature among my favourite films. It is worth viewing for the unforgettable music score alone.

  92. @flame4him1 says:

    I would love to do a film with you Mel

  93. Denise says:

    Colorado Public Television did a short one on Norway December '11 or january'12 (i think its an eco travel show)- which included alot of VIking history. they had a great take- including that vikings conducted govt council which included women equally with men, not just special women. It seemed a more balanced non violent home life for the vikings, than the exploits (when not at home) were.

  94. Renchie says:

    The Vikings, their era, their people, their lifestyles and their dragon ships have always fascinated me. It was while Googling for info on the Vikings that I learnt about this movie.
    I look forward to it like a child waiting on a wonderful treat. The fact that Mel Gibson is involved, makes anticipation just so much more exciting. It is great that some-one has finally thought to show us more about this mysterious part of history. I CANNOT WAIT!

  95. L.K. Hill says:

    Being a published writer of the Viking Era, (Frey's Saga), and the book being historically correct, I hope that this movie will follow the true life of the Norsemen. There are some really, really bad Viking movies that were made in the past. The only movie I feel that ever came close was The Thirteenth Warrior.

  96. Andrew says:

    Wondering if it'll be about Vikings vs. Romans. That might be pretty cool. Maybe even epic if done right.

    By the way, Apocalypto is a great film, and Pathfinder is pretty awesome, too. I recommend them both.

  97. Susan Breed says:

    Any Movie about Vikings must highlight THE NORWEIGAN FOREST CAT-THE NATIONAL CAT OF NORWAY- NAMED BY KING OLAF.They were the official companion choice of the vikings and even crossed the ocean with Leif Erikson. They are a star in their own right, but would bring a grater understanding about the Vikings as well. These cats are beautiful, athletic, large with a long waether-proof coat. If they are not included in the movie it is not authentic.

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