Netflix is to back the forthcoming Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) film about the 2011 terrorist attack in Norway carried out by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik, based on the book One Of Us by Åsne Seierstad.
On 22nd July 2011 Breivik detonated a van in Oslo killing eight people, then shot dead 69 people at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. In August 2012 he was convicted of mass murder, causing a fatal explosion, and terrorism.
Greengrass told BT: “What happened on July 22 was a huge challenge for democracy and the open Norwegian society. It was a bloody attack on all the values Norway stands for… We need to ask questions, and reveal truths.”
The film will not only reconstruct the tragic events of 22nd July, but also show how the nation responded to the attacks. Meanwhile, NRK is planning a six-part drama about those who were indirectly affected by that day, and Erik Poppe (The King’s Choice) begins filming next month on a fictional account which follows 72 minutes on Utøya.
The as yet untitled Paul Greengrass film goes into production this week with a budget of £20 million, and is slated to begin filming this autumn.