A Call To The Gods Revealed exclusive in The Northman

The Northman: A Call To The Gods, by Simon Abrams. Robert Eggers, who has already entered the annals of film history with only three movies under his belt, returned to the big screen with The Northman earlier this year. The Viking epic shares close ties to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and its impactful interpretation on the tale of bloody revenge shocked and impressed audiences. Now, those same viewers who were mesmerized by the care and research that brought Prince Amleth’s tale to life can go behind-the-scenes of the creative process with The Northman: A Call to the Gods, a new companion book releasing on September 6.

The Northman: A Call to the Gods provides an official look at how the already-classic revenge thriller was created, starting from its conception all the way to its actual production. While Eggers has been highly acclaimed previous films The Witch and The Lighthouse, The Northman marks his most ambitious high-budget project yet. The historical epic counted on a stellar cast to flesh out its story of royal revenge, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Björk.

the official cover of The Northman: A Call to the Gods, which features lead actor Skarsgård unleashing Amleth’s inner beast while cloaked in a wolf pelt. Blood and debris surround him, emphasizing the vicious cycle he is trapped in and the difficult themes the film deals with. The Northman: A Call To The Gods Front Cover, The author, Simon Abrams, was responsible for conducting each interview and bringing the many mysterious parts of Robert Eggers’ vision together into a cohesive whole. Abrams is a NYC film critic and author. In addition to co-writing Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone with Matt Zoller Seitz (also from Insight Editions), Simon’s reviews and features can be found at the New York Times, RogerEbert.com, and The Wrap.com.

Conducting the interviews for this book deepened my appreciation of Eggers and his team’s obsessive, detail-oriented creative processes. It also gave me a renewed appreciation of the movie’s built-in ambiguity, which encourages viewers to see history as a negotiated and unsettled process of narrativization and shifting perspectives. I loved getting to know what went into the making of The Northman and seeing how this project changed over time. Though the cover may be a still image, it inspires a sense of motion and chaos that Robert Eggers’ The Northman had in spades. The new Insight Editions book from Simon & Schuster contains much more than simply the interviews compiled by author Simon Abrams, one of which Screen Rant previously previewed.

The upcoming companion book incorporates storyboards and exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs that build a strong foundation of knowledge for the world of the Vikings and how it inspired the latest masterpiece by Eggers. The Northman: A Call to the Gods is sure to be a must-have companion for any viewer moved by the film and intrigued by its history.