“The Lives of Others” Director to Adapt Belgian Comic Series “Thorgal”

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Oscar-winning director will adapt , a French-language Belgian comic book series created by Jean Van Hamme and graphic artist Grzegorz Rosinski from Le Lombard comics group. Donnersmarck will develop and produce the feature through his Pergamon Film banner with Jan Mojto.

“I have loved Thorgal since I was a teenager living in Brussels, where I stood in line for hours in front of a bookstore with hundreds of other fans whenever a new volume was published,” said Donnersmarck. “It was always worth the wait.”

Described in the vein of Game of Thrones, the story is set in the Middle Ages and follows the adventures of a mysterious dark-haired child who is found and adopted by a Viking chieftain. The child grows to be a great warrior, using his skills to battle against powers greater than anything the Vikings could have imagined. The comics have sold an estimated 14 million volumes in 18 languages worldwide.

The German-born Donnersmarck gained fame when he won an Academy Award in 2007 for his feature debut The Lives of Others, a thriller set in the world of the infamous Stasi, East Germany’s brutal intelligence agency, during the height of the Cold War. His follow-up was the $100 million action-adventure pic The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. He recently wrapped on his third feature, Work Without Author, a thriller starring Tom Schilling.

Donnersmarck is repped by .

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This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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