Nikolaj Arcel's most notable work was a written work, for the acclaimed original film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2009). He last directed "A Royal Affair, a very well received film that included Mads Mikkelsen (of the Hannibal television series) in which Roger Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars out of 4 and sits at 85% approval rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 7.4 out of 10.
There's not enough on Nikolaj Arcel's resume to leave you with high expectations, but there's enough to give hope in that if he is indeed chosen by the studio to direct the film, he just might produce a good work. There are 3 of his films that have registered reviews and ratings on Rotten Tomatoes' community film site and all three are rated positively.
Things could be worse for sure, he could not end up directing the film and someone like Michael Bay could come along and direct it.
I can't wait for this story to complete an adaptation to the big screen. There is little known about the film project up to this point, as finding a director generally is among the first steps.
For those who don't know about the story, the genre will fall under a fantasy adventure mixed with horror sci-fi. Check out the book and graphic novel series, including "The Gunslinger Born". The original property is the original book of the series "The Gunslinger" released in 1982.
Based on an article on ScreenRant, Deadline is reporting that Nikolaj Arcel is "poised... to direct". It would be a convenient signing as Nikolaj Arcel is an established writer of screenplays as well. It would be great to evolve the project passed the director seat and come closer to finding out who will play the role of Deschain!