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I recently reviewed Thale and loved it, and yet somehow the fact that they are preparing for an English-language sequel slipped by me. What's worse? I actually received an email about it, but I missed it. What the hell!
Anyway, Epic Pictures Group announced it partnered with Norwegian-based Yesbox Productions to finance and produce the sequel to Thale. It will be be written and directed by Aleksander Nordaas (the writer and director of Thale), with Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group producing alongside Bendik Heggen Strønstad of Yesbox Productions.
From the press release:
In the original Norwegian film, two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she's been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface. THALE is based on a mythical character in Nordic folklore called the "huldra". According to the myth, a huldra is a beautiful creature with female attributes living deep in the woods. It is said that it seduces men that works in the woods by humming a beautiful song, and they never return to their village. You can recognize a huldra by its cow tail.
"Ever since we screened THALE in Toronto and released it in the US, there's been a continuous stream of inquiries from fans, eager to know if there will ever be a sequel - and now, teaming up with Epic Pictures Group, we're finally able to announce that yes, there will be! In English for an international audience. And let's just say that this time, Thale will be facing some very different kind of animals,” said Nordaas.
Producer Bendik Heggen Strønstad of Yesbox Productions: “Epic Pictures has been a great partner on the first film and we are thrilled to have them on board as producers on the sequel. It's vital for us to be producing this sequel with someone who wants to pursue the style and tone in "Thale", and with Aleksander L. Nordaas still on board as scriptwriter and director, all premises are in place to kick it up a notch - while still preserving the signature."
Producer Patrick Ewald of Epic Pictures Group: "The English language version of THALE will be a co-production with our Norwegian friends aimed at a worldwide audience. We will be increasing the budget and look of the film so that Aleksander and Bendik's vision can be accomplished on a grand scale. We are incredibly excited to be working with such talented filmmakers and look forward to a creating a film filled with scares, laughs and pure entertainment. Soon, kids around the world will be looking under their beds to see if they have a Huldra hiding under there."
Producer Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group: "From the moment we saw the film at SXSW in 2012, we were taken by the film and its powerful vision and knew that we needed to work with Aleksander and Bendik and help to get their next project produced and financed."
I don't know about you, but I'm very excited about this, especially since the ending of Thale was certainly open-ended enough for a seamless sequel. However, it will be a travesty if Silje Reinåmo does not reprise her role as the titular character.
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