Markus Selin

Markus Selin (born 16 March 1960 in Finland) is a television and film producer. Selin's first feature was conceived in the mid-1980s. At a party in Los Angeles he was introduced to fellow Finn Renny Harlin and became good friends with the aspiring director who was then working as a buyer for a Finnish distribution company. The two collaborated on a script about three Americans vacationing in Finland who cross the border into the Soviet Union. They approached Chuck Norris to star and he initially agreed but later had to pull out after the production was delayed due to financing problems. His son Mike Norris took over the lead. Selin and Harlin funded the first part of production themselves and then shopped around with the resulting 20-minute demo reel. Selin was eventually able to secure co-production financing from the U.S. for what became the most expensive film ever produced in Finland. Under the terms of the deal Selin held on to the Finnish distribution rights. However, upon completion in 1986 the film was banned by the Finnish government, fearing that its anti-Soviet slant might damage bilateral relations. Selin and Harlin followed this in 1987 with Wild Force: S.O.P.H.I.A.

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