Filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”) is set to make an English-language series adaptation of Belgian fantasy comic “Thorgal” as his immediate next project. Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski penned the comic series which has sold some fourteen million volumes in eighteen languages worldwide.
The comic is set in the Middle Ages and follows the adventures of a mysterious dark-haired child, Thorgal, an extraterrestrial infant found and adopted by a Viking chieftain. He grows to be a great warrior, using his skills to battle against powers greater than anything the Vikings could have imagined.
von Donnersmarck is at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of his historical drama “Never Look Away,” Germany’s entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. The director plans to head a writers room on the project and direct as many of them as would be physically possible. Pergamon Film will produce the project.