Saban Films Acquires God-Like Powers With André Øvredal's 'Mortal'

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After terrifying audiences in 2019 with his big screen adaptation of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, André Øvredal returns this year with his next genre offering, titled Mortal, which has just been acquired by Saban Films.

Earlier this month we shared the official trailer for the film, which stars Death Note's Nat Wolff as Eric, an American backpacker in the wilderness of western Norway, who gets arrested after accidentally killing a teenager, and manages to flee with the young psychologist he met during his detention. While on the run, with both Norwegian and American authorities tracking him down, Eric finally discovers he has godlike powers based on ancient Norwegian mythology.

"We love André’s work, from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, to Troll Hunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe," said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. "This is a coming-of-age origins story but also a genre mashup with Wolff rising as a legend with God-like powers. Our audiences will love this."

The film also stars Iben Akerlie (Victoria), Priyanka Bose (Lion) and Per Frisch (Farewell Illusions). Mortal is written by Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter) and Norman Lesperance (Door to the Other Side).

The dark fantasy-adventure is produced by John Einar Hagen, Ben Pugh and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Nordisk Film Production, 42 and Automatik. The film is backed by Nordisk Film, Zefyr and Umedia.