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Magnus Martens

Norwegian screenwriter and director Magnus Martens (b. 1973) is internationally recognized for his ability to deliver stylish and violent action while remaining staggeringly entertaining and savagely funny. He made his feature breakthrough with the slick comedy thriller Jackpot (2011) which he wrote and directed based on a Jo Nesbø story. Selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, the critics described Jackpot as bloody and brilliant, and applauded Martens’ deliciously dark style, favorably comparing him to Tarantino and the Coen brothers.

Following his international breakthrough with Jackpot, Martens has directed multiple episodes for some of the biggest TV shows in the US, including Banshee, 12 Monkeys, Power, Marvel’s Luke Cage, Good Behavior, Longmire, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Will and Fear the Walking Dead. Most recently he directed the first two episodes of the anticipated The Walking Dead: World Beyond which premiered in October 2020.

Martens’ latest film, the explosive action thriller SAS: Red Notice, starring Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose and Tom Wilkinson, premiered in March in the UK and US. Furthermore, Martens is directing Furia, an original drama series created by Emmy-winner Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen.

Awards

Montréal International Children's Film Festival (Children's Jury Prize) Canada – United 2004
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival (FIPRESCI Prize) Germany – Folk flest bor i Kina Utopia - Nobody's Perfect in Perfect Country 2002
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival (Special Prize in Memoriam R.W. Fassbinder) Germany – Folk flest bor i Kina Utopia - Nobody's Perfect in Perfect Country 2002
Grimstad Short Film Festival (Dolby Prize) Sweden – Eddie Stargazer 1999
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‘SAS: Rise of the Black Swan’ premiere on Netflix

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan, the action film directed by Magnus Martens based on Andy McNab’s novel Red Notice, premiered on Netflix on this Friday and is the second most watched movie in the US this weekend.

The film stars Sam Heughan (Outlander), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One) and follows a band of criminals as they hijack the Eurostar train with 400 hostages on board, deep beneath the English Channel where they plan to detonate an explosion, ushering in an economic war on the government. Unbeknownst to the criminals, injured Special Air Service off-duty officer Tom Buckingham is on board the train as well, and he will stop at nothing to thwart the terrorist attack.

‘Furia’ nominated for Series Mania’s International Competition’s Grand Prize

Furia, the original crime thriller created by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen and directed by Magnus Martens, is in the running for the Grand Prize for ‘Best Series’ at Series Mania’s International Competition.

Furia: On the run from his past and with a new identity, the cop Asgeir moves with his daughter to an idyllic small town in western Norway. A conflict at the local refugee center leads Asgeir to encounter the mysterious Ragna, the owner of a dire secret. She is Furia, a far-right writer spreading dark and sinister opinions to a global audience. A tragic murder puts both Asgeir and Ragna in danger, revealing forces in Norway and Europe far more dangerous than a small-town murder.

Taking place in Lille, France, on August 26 – September 2, Series Mania will also be where Furia has its world premiere.

 

‘Furia’ on Series Mania’s lineup for 2021

Series Mania has announced the lineup for its 2021 event and the selection includes world premieres of some of the most hotly anticipated international series this year, including Furia, the original crime thriller created by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen and directed by Magnus Martens, about a police officer who goes undercover in a neo-Nazi group.

Furia is a co-production between German producers X Filme (Babylon Berlin) and Norway’s Monster Scripted (Noble).

The festival will take place in Lille, France, on August 26 – September 2.

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Trailer premiere for ‘SAS: Red Notice’

The trailer has been released for SAS: Red Notice, the new action film based on Andy McNab’s novel Red Notice, directed by Magnus Martens.

The film stars Sam Heughan (Outlander), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One).

SAS: Red Notice will premiere in the UK on March 12, and in the US on March 16.

‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ to premiere on AMC and Amazon Prime UK

The spin-off series The Walking Dead: World Beyond expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into new mythology in a storyline that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond was co-created by The Walking Dead universe producer Scott Gimple and The Walking Dead writer Matthew Negrete, who also serves as showrunner. Magnus Martens is the director of the first two episodes.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premiere October 4 on AMC in the US and on Amazon Prime UK the following day.

NENT Group orders ‘Fury’

NENT Group has ordered Fury, an original drama series created by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen. The series explores the underworld of right-wing extremism in Europe. The eight-part show is directed by Magnus Martens and Lars Kraume.

Fury is a co-production between Norway’s Monster Scripted and Germany’s X Filme Creative Pool Series and ZDF. It will premiere on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in 2021.

Magnus Martens’ ‘SAS: Red Notice’ has wrapped

Director Magnus Martens’ upcoming action thriller SAS: Red Notice has wrapped production after shooting in London, Paris and Budapest. The movie is based on the bestselling novel Red Notice by former British special forces operative turned writer Andy McNab and stars Sam Heughan (Outlander), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Hannah John-Kamen (Ready Player One). The screenplay is written by Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann. The movie will be released in 2020.

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Magnus Martens signs with Salomonsson Agency

Norwegian screenwriter and director Magnus Martens is internationally recognized for his ability to deliver stylish and violent action while remaining staggeringly entertaining and savagely funny. He made his feature breakthrough with the slick comedy thriller Jackpot, which he wrote and directed based on a Jo Nesbø story, and has since directed multiple episodes for some of the biggest TV shows in the US. Martens and Nesbø have now teamed up for a second time on a feature film that Martens is attached to direct.

We will shortly reveal the next addition to our select list of top directors. Stay tuned!