Toronto: George Clooney & Grant Heslov Planning Remake of ‘Pioneer’


Sony Pictures is in currently in negotiations which will hopefully lead to Sony picking up the remake rights of the Norwegian thriller for an adaptation to be produced by Grant Heslov with George Clooney and possibly also co-written or directed by Clooney similar to his latest project. Clooney and Heslov’s most recent production is that of the much talked about Monument’s Men which was also originally adapted. Although, in the case of Monument’s Men from a true story.

Pioneer Director Erik Skjoldbjærg is a familiar face when it comes to American Remakes of european films since his thrilling Insomnia was remade for american audiences back in 2002 with a multi-million dollar re-casting, which included Christopher Nolan, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Martin Donovan and Hilary Swank. Which ultimately lead to the creation of a classic.

Norwegian conspiracy feature Pioneer is set in the early 80’s, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.

The movie has only screened in the US once during the Toronto International Film Festival and currently has no wide release date set for the region although if plans go ahead US territories might not have a chance to see the original movie until after the re-make has hit theatrical release similarly to Insomnia back in 2002.

It has been reported by various sources that Sony Picture’s Elizabeth Cantillon will oversee production on the project if the deal goes ahead.

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