My most anticipated film of 2013 is…

…definitely The Counselor. Original screenplay by none other than Cormac McCarthy. The man behind behemoths like No Country for Old Men, Child of God, The Road and all the other books I’m eager to digest as soon as I have time. Blood Meridian is waiting on my desk at the moment.

Although I haven’t read The Counselor script yet, rumours say it’s enigmatic and poetic like Cormac’s prose – and seeing how excellent both The Road and No Country for Old Men (by John Hillcoat and the Coen brothers) filled the big screen, I have a feeling Ridley Scott will do the same. Yes, Scott’s latest, Prometheus, was… a mess. A beautiful and rich mess with bucket loads of potential. But still a mess. But I wouldn’t blame that on the directing alone. And Scott’s shown time and time before that he can direct both with vast scope and with intense emotion. And if Cormac is Cormac – there will be beautiful Texan vistas, and small but utterly intense moments.

Like with The Road and No Country for Old Men, the performances were staggering. Viggo Mortensen carried such a powerful story on such weak legs – as if he was a titan. With good help from Smit-McPhee as the boy. And who can forget Bardem, Lee Jones and Brolin in No Country…? Brolin’s utterly futile escape from Bardem’s chilling evil performance stays with you. And it rightfully gave Bardem the Oscar. Although Brolin and Lee Jones could’ve been given it just as much.

Which brings us to The Counselor. Bardem is back. Along with Fassbender – who outdid himself with Shame – and Pitt. And Cruz and Diaz. Pitt has always been great in my mind – and is probably the most versatile actor on screen today. Cruz and Diaz both did one hell of a performance in Vanilla Sky. (And maybe it was them that made Cruise not just be Cruise in that one.)

These things combined are sure to make The Counselor the best film of 2013 – unless you need cheesy CGI in your films.

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Real life takes front seat

May has been a busy and slow month all at once. Summer arrived and the garden needed some extra care. Flowers, dirt and sunshine. We got some new furniture for the garden, as well. New means assembling duty, but eventually it all came together. I’ve now got a lovely office space in the shade out on the patio, as long as dinner and desserts are done. I could lie and tell you I’m writing this sitting outside, but it’s too cold and windy today.

Also, and most importantly, my son is on his way. Little Loke is expected mid/late June, so we’ve had to get everything ready. And we’re nearly there. Baby-stuff is filling up the bathroom and the only thing that’s missing is basically just the baby. And the complete Icelandic Sagas and Edda, so I have some reading material for the little one. (Consider that a birthday wish, mum.)

After last year’s success at Oslo Comics Expo I was looking forward to returning this year. But now I’ve got better things to do and all the comics business must wait. Hopefully it’ll be another great festival. You know, Brandon Graham, Scott McCloud, Paul Pope and Jeff Lemire are showing up. So it’s bound to be good! My co-editor Glenn Møane will be there. Laszlo Seber, a great artist I’ve worked with will also be there. Plus tons of other great people. If you’re in Oslo, don’t miss it. It’s free!

So May’s been busy on the «real life» side, and left me with less time to focus on writing. We had a successful launch of Outré – our free digital comics anthology – early in the month and the reviews that have been ticking in are wonderful. Proud of what the folks involved have created with us and how it turned out in the end. We’re hard at work on issue number 2, which will be available for free in December. You’ll find the first issue for free at our website, of course.

I’ve also managed to finish two screenplays, both now in the hands of my agent and ready for the world to conquer. One is a thriller called «Reset», co-written with Robert Klecha, a former classmate. The other one is a pure sci-fi named «Kosmonautica». My plan was to rewrite and finish one more screenplay before Loke pops up, but I suspect he’s an impatient kinda guy, so I might not make that deadline.

Several of my graphic novels are moving forward, and there’s especially one I’d love to talk about, but can’t at the moment. But that might, and hopefully will be, my next blog update.

Until next time, enjoy the summer rain. Here’s a picture of Hitchcock on The Birds set. He really had a way with those seagulls.


Screenwriting: A thrilling February. A scientific March.

February is a bastard. It’s cold and short. Well, the cold bit is great for those of us who need to sit inside and write. But the loss of three days. Not so good. Still, I’ve managed to keep on track with my schedule. And on top of writing I went down to London for a brief visit, to friends and the London Super Comic Con (which you can read about here).


Apart from that this last month has mainly been devoted to my screenwriting endeavors, and in March I will finally see not just one, but hopefully two feature screenplays finished. For what is a writer if he or she doesn’t have anything finished?


By finished, we never mean finished as in «never touching this fine-chiseled diamond ever again, because it’s perfect!», but finished enough for us to be happy with the draft, and hopefully make a producer, director or agent excited in return.

Right now, my co-writer Robert and I are putting the finishing (there’s that word again!) touches on our thriller, about a prison teacher who’s trying to track down a missing inmate. It’s a story about the individual versus society, and if we can sacrifice individual freedom for the good of society.  It’s about memories, about what makes us who we are. And, after my grandmother started loosing hers, I’m more sure than ever that memories are the most precious thing we have as human beings.

We have pitched this project to several producers and a few directors, and some of them were keen to read the script. It’s a good start, but still a million miles away from a shooting day. But it all starts small. Just ask Jack with the beans.

On top of the thriller I’m working on a sci-fi, a pure sci-fi that doesn’t veer into horror at the end (I’m looking at you Sunshine*), or end up being involuntarily silly (those Mars films). Or completely flawed with perfect production values (Prometheus). I’m trying to add many elements, story-wise and tonally, that I haven’t seen much in sci-fi films. But the tone is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Reads like an indie, with the scope of a blockbuster. But its no $200 mill movie.


I’ve already written a short version to test the story and the world. Micro-gravity, claustrophobia, space station layout, the character journey, the ending. It all needs to fit nicely together, and the nice thing about a feature is that you have room to explore aspects you cannot in a short film/teleplay. The short version is actually in the hands of an up-and-coming director who I admire, so fingers crossed it’ll move somewhere.

I hope to finish up a good feature draft of the sci-fi before March is done with me. This is another project I’ve pitched around and it has a lot of interest from producers and directors. It’s a tough story to pull off, so the script needs to shine, but I’m confident some of the industry people will find it both refreshing and bold. Again, I hope to grab the up-and-coming director with this version of the script, as well.

After these two scripts are «out there» I’ll be focusing on my animation scripts again. My insect noir screenplay is already done and just needs a trim and tune-up. The family adventure project needs some heavy lifting, though, so that’ll come last.

I already have a few ideas for future screenplays, as well, but I’m not going to put more on my schedule at the moment. On top of these projects I have my comic writing, which now consists of about 4 – 5 projects. My role as editor for Outré takes up some hours a week, and we’ve got a bathroom that needs to be refurbished.  Yeah, I know. Funny thing that real life stuff. Sometimes, in my witching/writing hours, I’m so deep in a fictitious world I’ve created that I forget the real one.

But I’m pretty sure that’ll change come summer. When my son is born.

* For the record, Sunshine is one of my favourites within the genre.