BALTASAR KORMAKUR (Directed by) is an
actor, producer and director
whose work spans theater,
movies and television.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland,
Kormakur graduated as
an actor from the Iceland
Academy of the Arts in 1990.
He immediately signed on
with the National Theatre
of Iceland, where he worked
as one of the leading young performing artists until
1997. During the last two years of his assignment,
Kormakur also directed several ambitious works, after
producing and directing highly popular independent
stage productions alongside his acting projects with the
In 2000, Kormakur wrote, directed, acted in
and produced the feature film 101 Reykjavik, which
became an international hit and earned the Discovery
Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Subsequently, Variety selected him as one of the
10 Directors to Watch, with Alejandro Gonzalez
IĆ±arritu, Lukas Moodysson and Christopher Nolan,
among others. Soon after, Kormakur started Blueeyes
Productions and, since then, has maintained his focus
on writing, producing and directing feature films. His
films The Sea, A Little Trip to Heaven, Jar City and
Bruoguminn have all been very successful in Iceland
and won numerous international awards. Kormakur's
The Deep, which eerily captures the tragic real-life
story of the lone survivor of a capsized fishing boat
off the frigid Icelandic coast, premiered at the 2012
Toronto International Film Festival. The film went
on to become Iceland's Official Oscar entry for the
foreign language category. It opened in Iceland on September 21, 2012, and took in more than 50% of
the country's box-office receipts that weekend.
Since 2008, Kormakur has directed two other
feature films in the U.S. Inhale, an independent film
produced by the Los Angeles-based 26 Films that
starred Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger and Sam
Shepard, was released in October 2010. Universal
Pictures and Working Title Films' Contraband,
which starred Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Kate
Beckinsale, took first place at the U.S. box office during
its opening weekend in January 2012. Contraband was
a remake of Oskar Jonasson's Reykjavik-Rotterdam,
written by Arnaldur Indridason. Kormakur played
the leading role and produced with Agnes Johansen
through Blueeyes Productions.
Kormakur's next projects include the HBO pilot The
Missionary, a spy thriller he directed, to be produced by
Wahlberg, Steve Levinson and Malcolm Gladwell; and
Everest, a cautionary tale about the 1996 disaster on
the mountain that killed eight climbers over two days
amid horrific mishaps and bad decisions. Working Title
Films will produce Everest with Kormakur. His other
upcoming projects are Viking, a big-budget actionadventure
set in the world of the famed Norse warriors,
which will film in Iceland; the American remake of
Jar City, which Kormakur will produce along with
the CEO of Lava Bear Films, David Linde; and Dagur
Kari's Icelandic drama Rocketman, which Kormakur
will produce. Recently, Kormakur optioned Iceland's
beloved Nobel Prize-winning book "Independent
People" to develop as a feature film.
Kormakur partnered with CCP Games, the world's
leading independent developer of massive multiplayer
games, to bring the EVE Online game to television.
The new series will take its inspiration from the
millions of people who have left their mark on the
EVE universe via stories submitted to the Web site
truestories.eveonline.com. The RVK Studios team,
in collaboration with CCP, will create an original
concept and storyline set in the EVE universe, a future
history of rival societies trapped beyond a wormhole
in a dystopian sci-fi world.
All of Kormakur's films are made under his Blueeyes
Productions, which recently opened a television arm
and partnered with Dadi Einarsson and the Icelandic
team at the visual effects company Framestore.
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