Netflix has announced that principal photography is now complete for Against The Ice, adapted by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) and Joe Derrick from the Ejnar Mikkelsen novel Two Against The Ice. Peter Flinth (Arn) directs with Baltasar Kormákur (Trapped) on board as producer.
In 1909, Denmark’s Alabama Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to North Eastern Greenland, a claim that was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land.
Leaving their crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected.
Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they now must fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia as they fight to survive.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said: “Against The Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning… It is an intense exploration of two men, two opposites, trapped in an epic dangerous setting. It is also a story of living under extreme pressure and circumstances, of constant struggle for survival, fighting off threats of extreme cold, lack of food, hungry polar bears and not least the frailty of the human mind.”
“Peter Flinth sent me the book Two Against The Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen. I read it, fell in love with it and started adapting it together with Joe Derrick… To be able to shoot this film with Peter Flinth directing and Baltasar Kormákur producing is and has been a dream scenario for me. I cannot wait to share Against The Ice with audiences everywhere.”
Against The Ice is filmed in English and will be released globally on Netflix in 2021.