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Babelsberg Backs Oil Thriller The Elephant

by Anne Thompson
June 23, 2010 12:30 PM
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There Will Be Blood examined our greed for oil. The doc expose Gasland wowed audiences at LAFF and on HBO. And now comes a new movie that looks at oil. Norway's Monster Film and Northern Alliance Group are co-producing an oil thriller, The Elephant, to be directed by Hans Peter Moland (The Beautiful Country).

The Little Film Company will sell rights to the film, which was written by Petter Skavlan, inspired by Magnar Jonsgaard’s novel Black Rain about American drillers' search for oil in the frigid and often lethal North Sea, where Jonsgaard worked on several oil platforms during the 70’s. "Elephant" is slang for an oil field that produces at least 500 million barrels. "This story changed an entire society,” states Moland, who recently won an Audience Award at Berlin for A Somewhat Gentle Man, starring Stellan Skarsgård. “It is Norway’s rags-to-riches story, and at its core it reveals the abuse of huge wealth and its impact on individual lives.”

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  • mitkid | June 24, 2010 2:23 AMReply

    Much as I devoured Yergin's 'The Prize' almost twenty years ago (a marvelous book about the history of the oil industry) I will look forward to 'The Elephant' when it's released.

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