EXCLUSIVE: Games of Thrones is done, but the man who brought Jamie Lannister to life is kicking up a production storm.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has joined up with scribe Joe Derrick to form Ill Kippers Productions, I've learned. Along with ex-PR guru Jeffrey Chassen as VP and Head of Development, the U.S and Europe-based shingle will focus on both scripted and unscripted projects for a multitude of platforms.
Jeff and I have worked together for almost 10 years and there is a clear synergy between our tastes and ambitions,” Coster-Waldau told Deadline of bringing publicist Chassen onboard for the new company as a pivotal executive. “This is a brand new journey for all three of us but we all share the same work ethic, drive and passion for storytelling,” the multiple Emmy nominee added. “When I learned that Jeff had chosen to leave the PR game I didn’t hesitate to offer him this new role and I was delighted when he accepted”
That new journey and new role for the trio and Ill Kippers includes an adaptation of the recently released YA novel We Are Lost and Found among the entity's early offerings. Published back in September, the coming of age book from author Helene Dunbar is set in the Big Apple of 1983, as the Reagan Era and the AIDS epidemic both begin for a trio of friends. The project will likely be primed for a big screen life, but a TV series is currently a possibility too.
Also in the works for Leeds United supporters Coster-Waldau and Derrick is CONS, a documentary examining the proliferation of fan conventions, which the former certainly learned a thing or two about in his GoT career — including at San Diego Comic-Con this summer after the HBO aired its somewhat controversial series finale. Along with a Coster-Waldau narrated and Derrick penned crime podcast in conjunction with LA-set Vespucci Group, the Ill Kippers founders are in the process of completing a feature script on famed Danish polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen.
Having fronted the May 31 released Brian De Palma directed thriller Domino, which came out just weeks after GoT concluded its eighth and final season and with several other jobs lined up, the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador intends to star in the Mikkelsen film, schedule permitting.
A client of imPRint Public Relations co-founder Chassen's since 2010, Coster-Waldau is repped by WME, Denmark's Lindberg Management and attorneys Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Unlike Jaime Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is still alive.
The Game of Thrones star was involved in a bizarre hoax where several Danish news outlets reported that he died. Oops! “Fake news, we hear about it all the time,” Coster-Waldau said on Instagram. “In Denmark, apparently there's a story that's been floating around various websites, and it looked like a news story, and the news was that I had died. You click on the story and then go to some place where you can buy some sh*t.” It's unclear what the “some sh*t” you could buy was, but you know what Jaime could have used more of? Common sense for not staying with Brienne. Anyway!
Coster-Waldau, who was concerned that his wife or daughters would see the fake report before he could tell them that he was “fine,” left a message for those behind the hoax: “To you who did this, I know you don't care, but f*ck you.” He also wrote in a caption:
“I have been used in ads against my will before but this is insane. To make a fake news story about my death is beyond disgusting. And although it's great that the various websites that carried the story have taken it down they still ran it because it was paid for. Surely there must be some control into what you put up before you put it up. Anyway. I am fine.”
Jaime Lannister and Kevin McCallister have something in common:
I hope that's the only thing they have in common.
Sad news for dog lovers is coming in today as it's now being reported that another beloved television animal has passed away. Odin the Northern Inuit, the dog seen by millions of Game of Thrones fans across the world when he played Bran Stark's pet direwolf Summer in the very first episode of the hit HBO series, died this week after battling mouth cancer for the past several months. According to his owners, Odin had spent his final days with his family taking walks on the beach and dining on his favorite foods, dying at the age of ten this week when his health took a turn for the worse.
In a social media post confirming Odin's passing, his owners state they adopted the Inuit when he was just a 7-week-old puppy, spending the next ten years with the television dog as a very important part of the family. 'Odin's passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would,' they explain on Instagram. Adding that we can all 'take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised' on Game of Thrones, the owners also note: 'It's an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many people's hearts.'
Longtime Game of Thrones fans might remember when Ned Stark Sean Bean adopted orphaned direwolf puppies for each of his five children: Grey Wind for Robb Richard Madden, Lady for Sansa Sophie Turner, Nymeria for Arya Maisie Williams, Summer for Bran Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Shaggydog for Rickon Art Parkinson. Ned's illegitimate son Jon Snow Kit Harington adopted another direwolf puppy named Ghost for himself as well. Following the appearances of the direwolves as puppies in season one, CGI would later be used to create the larger adult versions of the animals in later seasons.
Recently, we lost another famous television dog as well, as Modern Family's bulldog Stellapassed away just days after the series wrapped filming its final episode. Last year also saw the deaths of the animal actors who played the beloved pet dogs on the comedy shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fuller House. Needless to say, it's been a bit rough lately for dog lovers, so let's hope our other favorite pets from television stay safe with no new casualties for a long, long time.
Following Odin's cancer diagnosis, HBO also did their part in caring for the Game of Thrones star by helping to raise funds to pay for his ongoing medical treatment; Odin's family says the leftover funds after paying for the vet bill will be donated to animal charities. Though the dog was unfortunately unable to be saved, his top-notch medical treatment and the quality care from his owners went a long way in making his final days on Earth as comfortable and happy as they could possibly be for the world-famous pet. Rest in peace, sweet Odin - you were a very good boy. This news comes to us from...
Universal has picked up the film rights to New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s upcoming YA vampire novel Crave.
Crave, billed as a paranormal fantasy with a feminist perspective, follows a human girl who finds herself in the midst of a conflict between warring factions when she falls for a vampire prince, Jaxon Vega. He’s a vampire with deadly secrets who hasn't felt anything for a hundred years. But there's something about him that calls to her, something broken in him that somehow fits with what's broken in her - which could spell death for both of them. The young girl learns that Jaxon has walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake him, a sleeping monster, and she could very well be the bait. The book is available for sale tomorrow, April 7 from Entangled Publishing, distributed by Macmillan in New York.
Wolff is the bestselling author of 64 novels that run the gamut of commercial fiction. She’s a former English professor who now writes full-time from her home in Austin, Texas.
Universal's SVP of Production Jeyun Munford and Creative Executive Christine Sun will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Wolff is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim of The Prospect Agency. The deal was negotiated by Nicole Resciniti, The Alliance Rights Agency, and Debbie Deuble Hill at APA.