Martin Scorsese is set to direct Jo Nesbø’s, The Snowman
Martin Scorsese is set to direct Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman
From Metaixmio Publications
Martin Scorsese is set to direct Jo Nesbø’s (Image), The Snowman, the bestseller in which Harry Hole is on the hunt for a serial killer. Filmfredag can now confirm the rumors that have been buzzing lately.
Just a few years ago, that same Jo Nesbø refused to release his fictional detective hero Harry Hole to the big screen. With one exception: “If Martin Scorsese calls, I’ll reconsider.”
The masterful American director has now agreed to direct the crime novel in which the original Oslo police detective is facing a mysterious case involving several young mothers disappearing without a trace on the day when the first snow falls.
– Scorsese is my favorite director. When I was a student, a movie poster from Taxi Driver was the only artwork I had on my wall. I’ve never met him, but it feels like I have because I spent so many hours at the cinema watching his movies. I want to give this novel the very best chance to become a good movie, a happy Jo Nesbø says.
The rumors that Scorsese will direct the novel about a Norwegian serial killer who builds snowmen have been buzzing in recent weeks. Working Title and Jo Nesbø have now confirmed for [the Dagens Nyheter newspaper] that the contract is signed and sealed.
The movie will be produced by the experienced duo Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the founders of the British production company Working Title who are currently producing Tomas Alfredsson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Working Title is also the production company behind blockbusters such as Notting Hill, Fargo, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Atonement and Elizabeth. Jo Nesbø and his Swedish agent Niclas Salomonsson will serve as executive producers and have been working closely with Working Title to sign Martin Scorsese as director and Matthew Michael Carnahan as scriptwriter. Carnahan has previously written scripts for State Of Play and The Kingdom and will also guide James Ellroy’s White Jazz to the screen.
– To me it is obvious that they should be allowed to do their own version and interpretation. The novel is just a kind of raw material that Scorsese can treat as he wishes. The film is his medium and there’s no one that does it better than him. His only obligation to me is to make a good movie, Jo Nesbø explains.
The Snowman will be the first Harry Hole novel to be filmed and as of a few weeks ago the film adaptation of the stand-alone novel Headhunters has been showing at the cinemas. The fact that Scorsese and Working Title Films settled on The Snowman is partly because that was the novel that became Jo Nesbø’s international breakthrough. Several production companies have previously courted Nesbø to release the film rights, but he turned them down.
– I felt very ambivalent at first since I was writing about Harry Hole. I’ve always loved film but at that moment I felt reluctant for someone else to define the character for me, Nesbø explains.
Interest in “Scandinavian Crime” has become red-hot around the world over the last few years. In a month the launch of David Fincher’s film adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which was filmed in Stockholm, will premiere, while Kenneth Branagh has been in Ystad to give Wallander the right atmosphere for the BBC series. Scorsese has not yet decided where he wants the movie to be filmed. Nesbø has no requirement for the movie to be filmed in Oslo.
– No, for me Oslo is only a means, not a goal. I’m interested in almost biblical themes that might take place anywhere. Questions about the nature of evil and moral dilemmas are thus slightly larger than Oslo, Nesbø laughs.
– I would be very annoyed if I had another creator hanging over my shoulder saying that Harry should live in Bergen instead of Oslo. It would be a limitation to my artistic freedom, he says.
It is chiefly the Swedish literary agent Niclas Salomonsson who has worked to match his Norwegian client with the perfect production company. That they decided on Working Title was due to the company’s collaborative attitude and previous track record. Nesbø met with Working Title for the first time around the turn of 2009/2010 and signed the contract about a year ago.
– This feels fantastic. Ten years ago I worked in a video store and recommended Scorsese movies and many of Working Title’s films to customers. Now we will produce a movie with them, says Niclas Salomonsson.