Originally posted on magazine.wowiceland.co.uk
Fred Durst, the singer of the American metal band Limp Bizkit has expressed interest in remaking the Icelandic film Metalhead (Málmhaus), according to ruv.is. Durst has reportedly had a phone meeting with the producers and the film’s director Ragnar Bragson. 20th Century Fox has also shown it interest.
Metalhead is a new movie from the acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Ragnar Bragason, who is best known for his films Börn (Children) and Foreldrar (Parents). Metalhead had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. It is a dark comic drama about a grief-stricken young woman who adopts the persona of her deceased brother Málmhaus. The soundtrack is pretty amazing, including songs by Judas Priest, Riot, Lizzy Borden, Savatage, Solstafir (an Icelandic band), Megadeath and more!
Durst, although best known as a member of Limp Bizkit has been directing and producing movies for over a decade now. According to Davíð Óskar Ólafsson, one of the producers, Durst connected with the film. “He grew up in the American countryside, listening to heavy metal and experienced many of the same things and as the main character in the film as his uncle also died by accident when he was young”.
Durst and Bragason are represented by the same agency, APA. Davíð said that Matt Reilly, vice president of Fox, has also shown interest in the film. Reilly was among the producers of the film Prince Avalanche, a remake of Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Á annan veg.
The movie has received amazing reviews. Todd Brown, editor of the film-site Twitch wrote: “Metalhead is the film that will very likely finally draw the sort of attention to Icelandic director Ragnar Bragason that he deserved to receive four films ago. The simplest way to put it would be to say that Bragason is the director most likely to follow in Baltasar Kormakur’s footsteps and cross over into larger international success but while that’s true it also somewhat diminishes Bragason’s own unique voice.”