EXCLUSIVE: Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road has acquired Valkyries, a pitch by scribe Nick Schoenfeld for a large-scale fantasy film based on the Norse hero Sigurd. Thunder Road made the deal in partnership with Christian Angemayer’s Filmhaus Germany. Most famously recounted in the 13th century Volsunga saga and the four-part opera by Richard Wagner, Sigurd’s feature will be drawn about his recruitment to slay the monstrous dragon Fafnir to ward off a generations-long curse. Sigurd’s exploits were also chronicled by The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien. Schoenfeld, who just scripted Attila for Warner Bros, here pitched a take that blends the traditional dragon-hunting plot with an original thread involving a fallen daughter of Odin (called Valkyries) and her desire to retake a place in the heavens.
Iwanyk bought the pitch out of the new funding that he set up through deals with Italia Films and China-based Fundamental Films and this sounds like the globally enticing big picture they expect him to deliver. Schoenfeld is repped by ICM Partners, Management 360, and attorney Nichols Adler. Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Cutting Edge’s Tara Moross will exec produce.