Screen Daily: Zentropa’s ‘King's Land’ goes to Magnolia for the US

By Screen Daily / John Hazelton



Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to King’s Land, the upcoming period drama set to reunite A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel and star Mads Mikkelsen. 

The project, from Danish production group Zentropa and set to start shooting this summer, was announced earlier this week in Cannes and has already been pre-sold for a number of European territories. 

Written by Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen, King’s Land is about a lone soldier who resolves to tame the wild heath of Jutland in the name of the Danish monarch. Co-producing with Zentropa Entertainment are Zentropa Berlin and Zentropa Sweden, in cooperation with TV2 Denmark, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, SVT and Koch Films. TrustNordisk is handling international sales. 

Magnolia previously handled the US releases of both the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair and Riders of Justice, in which Anders Thomas Jensen directed Mikkelsen. 

Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles commented: “We’re truly excited to be back in business with Nikolaj, Anders Thomas and Mads. This is a momentous project and we can’t wait to bring it to audiences.” 

Arcel added: “I had the great pleasure of working with the amazing Magnolia team on A Royal Affair, and I’m beyond thrilled that they’ve boarded King’s Land at this early stage. It feels like coming home.”

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Film info

Film title

KING'S LAND (working title)


Nikolaj Arcel


Historical drama


127 MIN