(The Local) The producer behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy wants to shoot a $100 million Viking blockbuster in Norway, saying he is drawn by the “authentic landscape” and the expert knowledge local historians have about the Viking era.

Barrie Osbourne, who was also behind the Matrix films, said that he wanted to make a trilogy following the story of Harald Hardrada, the last great Viking king, who died in his attempt to conquer England in 1066.

“The movie will be about how Harald evolved from a teenager to a great leader who rallied his kingdom,” Osbourne told Stavanger Aftenbladet. “There is so much to tell about Harald that it does not fit in one movie. We need to create a trilogy. It will have the same structure as “Lord of the Rings”, where the hero travels through many countries and kingdoms.”

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