Jo Nesbo’s books on their way to the big screen

Jo Nesbo may opt to write the film adaptation of his novel ‘Blood on Snow.’ — AFP pic
Jo Nesbo may opt to write the film adaptation of his novel ‘Blood on Snow.’ — AFP pic

OSLO, April 7 — Norwegian author Jo Nesbo’s Oslo police inspector Harry Hole is set to feature in a big screen production. At the same time, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur is working on Nesbo’s short story I Am Victor, which is to be adapted by a duo of screen writers best known for their James Bond scripts.

Former pop star and economics journalist, Jo Nesbo has a literary oeuvre marked by suspenseful plots which make it perfect for film adaptations. Not surprisingly the author is increasingly on the watch list for Hollywood producers. On October 11, 2017, audiences will have a chance to discover The Snowman, which, for the first time, will bring Nesbo’s best known character, Harry Hole (played by Michael Fassbender) to the big screen in an adaptation of the seventh volume of Nesbo’s detective series.

But that is not all. Further adaptations are underway. Deadline reports that screen writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who are best known for their work on such James Bond adventures as The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre have been tasked with the adaptation of the short story I Am Victor by director Baltasar Kormakur (Everest). The tale of Victor, a corrupt and narcissistic divorce attorney who makes a solo attempt to identify the perpetrator of a number of brutal murders, was previously developed as a series by US network NBC. However, the project, which was to star John Stamos, was never completed.

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Recently specialist US publications reported that actor Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) is planning to make his directorial debut with Blood on Snow, the first volume in Jo Nesbo’s Olav Johansen series. The story focuses on Johansen, a hired fixer and hit man, who is engaged to assassinate his boss’s wife, but ultimately falls under her spell. It is worth noting that the novel already attracted the attention of Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013.

For his part, Channing Tatum had planned to adapt Nesbo’s novel The Son in which he intended to play the role of Sonny, a prisoner who is put behind bars for crimes he did not commit. Finally, the revenge story is to be directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve, and produced by Jake Gyllenhaal.

The first to notice the big screen potential of Jo Nesbo’s writing was Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, of the Imitation Game and Passengers. Before working for Hollywood, the director seized on Nesbo’s novel Headhunters to make a Norwegian film of the same name. Tyldum is now reported to be participating in a project to produce a US remake of this film. — AFP-Relaxnews

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