Friday, January 22, 2010

Mel Gibson Goes Berserk For "Vikings"

Actor/director "Mad Max" Mel Gibson is looking to produce a new film about "The Vikings", following in the wake of Marvel's upcoming take on the Norse god of thunder, "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the film for Oscar-winning producer Graham "Hyperion" King.

"The very first idea that I ever had about making a film, my first thought ever about being a filmmaker was when I was 16-years-old, and I wanted to make a Viking movie," said Gibson.

About the dialect in the new film, Gibson said "I think it's going to be in English, an English that would've been spoken back then and Old Norse...I'm going to give it to you real, man.

"I want a Viking to scare you. I don't want a Viking to say, in a heavy Brooklyn accent, 'I'm going to die with this sword in my hand.' I don't want to hear that. It just pulls the rug out from under you."

As for casting, there won't be any pretty boys like actors Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis, the stars of director Richard Fleischer's 1958 feature "The Vikings".

"I want to see somebody who I've never seen before," said Gibson. "Speaking low, guttural German who scares the living shit out of you, coming up to my house. What is that like? What would that have been like?"

Click the great Frank Frazetta images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Vikings"...