On the 9th of August part of NRK’s radio program Kulturnytt was about five different major film projects that are all about polar explorer Roald Amundsen.
One film is well underway. It comes from the producers of Hodejegerne and Friland film, another project comes from the Kon-Tiki directors Rønning and Sandberg, a third is an animated film for children, a fourth one is a Ben Affleck production on the exciting race to the South Pole in 1911, and finally a production from Skofteland film about the Maud expedition.
Alexander Wisting, grandson of Amundsen's best companion Oscar Wisting, believes the interest in Roald Amundsen now mainly is due to the large and successful centenary celebrations of the South Pole expedition in 2011. The fact that the Fram Museum published all the diaries from this expedition this same year, has probably also contributed to the renewed interest in Norway’s old polar heroes.
The last time a great film about Roald Amundsen saw the day of light was in 1985 with the TV series Last Place on Earth. Sverre Anker Ousdal played the role of Amundsen and Martin Shaw was Robert Scott.