Just a day after ex-soldier and adventurer Joshua French finally arrived home in Norway, after serving eight years of a murder sentence in jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo, came the announcement that his ordeal will be the subject of new film. It’s been in the works “for many years,” according to its producers.
They only confirmed the film project after news broke Wednesday that French had been released by Congolese authorities and flown home to Norway because of his declining health. “In order to avoid further speculation and after pressure from the media, given the extraordinary and joyful news that Joshua French had been transported to Norway, Friland Production and Nordisk Film Distribusjon decided to send out this press release,” they wrote on Thursday.
Their film about the fate of French and his late fellow soldier Tjostolv Moland, and how they were arrested and sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering their taxi driver, is due for release next year. It’s been under production in South Africa with Marius Holst as its director and, according to state broadcaster NRK, actor Aksel Hennie playing the role of French.
The film will feature how the arrests of French and Moland became a political and diplomatic challenge for Norway, after authorities in Congo accused the two of being spies and Moland was found dead in his cell in 2013. “This is a story of two worlds that collide, where distinctions between what’s right and what’s wrong are put on trial,” claimed Friland and Nordisk Film.