According to CHUD, Mel Gibson‘s upcoming Viking feature will continue his tradition of linguistically-authentic tales of ancient peoples by being in Old Norse:
“‘I want to see somebody who I have never seen before speaking low guttural German who scares the living shit out of me coming up to my house…I think it’s going to be English – the English that would have been spoken back then – and Old Norse.’”
One can’t help but admire Gibson for this kind of effort. He did the same thing with “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto” (not a Scene Stealers favorite). It shows the filmmaker’s commitment to realism and gives the production an air of dignity (see: “Inglourious Basterds“), even though this particular filmmaker happens to be insane and his previous projects have been fairly single-minded and blood-soaked.
The film is set to star Leonardo Dicaprio (an utterly perplexing choice) and should begin shooting this fall.
Oh, and just for fun–Ricky Gervais calling Gibson an alcoholic last night (1:03):