There were two other men in the room that day, both of them Oscar winners: producer
Gibson, 54, recently reflected on the meeting as a special moment for him — a chance to get under way with a project that started as a daydream during his youth.
"It was the first movie I ever thought about making," Gibson said. "I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it's the first movie I wanted to make. And I think it will be the last film I direct. It's the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it's done I may be finished."
Work is now under way on the script by Monahan, who penned the screenplays for "The Departed," which starred DiCaprio, and "Edge of Darkness," which starred Gibson, as well the 2005 Ridley Scott film "Kingdom of Heaven," which was a battlefield epic set in the time of the Crusades.
"We're going hammer and tongs on the script right now," Gibson said. "When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language, I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that's what I will be going for in this film. It's a challenge, though. There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don't want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters."
King, the producer of "The Departed," "Edge of Darkness" and the upcoming
"Mel and I were talking and he said he had always wanted to make a Viking movie and I knew, too, that
The most famous film on the seafaring warriors was probably "The Vikings" in 1958 with
Neither Gibson nor King would discuss the name or back story of the central character.
"We all knew we wanted to do it. It was just a matter of finding what the story would be, who our Viking was," King said. "There's not many sympathetic Vikings out there. And you have to find something of sympathy in one of them or what else is there to show, other than blood and guts and rape and pillaging?"
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