Tomas Alfredson The Snowman

Universal wants to build a snowman with Tomas Alfredson. The Swedish director of Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has just been tapped to direct The Snowman, and adaptation of the thriller by Jo Nesbø.

Alfredson has some pretty big shoes to fill here. He takes over the job from Martin Scorsese, who was attached to direct for years before falling away last year. More details on the new project after the jump.

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Channing Tatum has been saying for a while now that he’d like to move in to directing, and he may have just found his first project. No, it’s not Magic Mike 2.

Tatum and his frequent collaborator Reid Carolin (who wrote Magic Mike) are in talks to helm Warner Bros.’ The Son, based on a crime novel by Jo Nesbø. And that’s not all — Tatum is considering starring in the movie as well. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Sunday wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio‘s night, as it turned out, but the five-time Oscar nominee isn’t letting that slow him down. One of his many upcoming projects, Blood on Snow, is taking a big step forward as Safe House director Daniel Espinosa enters talks to helm.

DiCaprio has been attached to produce and possibly star in the thriller since last fall. It’s an adaptation of a two-book series by Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø, who also provided the source material for Headhunters. More on the new project after the jump.

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Briefly: Even if you don’t read thriller novels you might know the name Jo Nesbø, as the author’s work has been adapted into the film Headhunters, which is also tapped for an English-language remake, and there was a point where his novel The Snowman was looking like it would become a Martin Scorsese film. That didn’t happen, but now Scorsese’s regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to another book by Nesbø.

This one is Blood in the Snow, which will be published in the spring of 2014, under the author’s pseudonym Tom Johansson. (A book sequel is already set to publish in Spring 2015, too.) Warner Bros. is in the process of buying the screen rights and will develop the film as a potential starring vehicle for DiCaprio. The book is about “a hit man who falls in love with his boss’s wife after being assigned to assassinate her.” That’s such a hoary old concept that the story has got to be pretty terrific to justify spending loads of cash to develop this for DiCaprio. [Deadline]

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Martin Scorsese being who he is, never has any shortage of options for his next film. But even he can only get so much work done in a day or month or year, and now it looks like his crowded schedule has forced out one project that’s been on his to-do list for a while now.

In 2011, Scorsese signed on to direct the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman, but quickly put it on hold so he could do The Wolf of Wall Street first. The filmmaker has yet to reveal which of his various films will move next, but in any case it seems Universal’s getting tired of waiting. According to a new report, the studio is actively seeking directors who could replace him. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Jo Nesbø’s best-selling 2008 thriller Headhunters was turned into a film that did quite well at festivals last year. Well enough, in fact, that rights to remake the picture were quickly snapped up by Summit, leading to Mark Wahlberg voicing his desire to take the lead role.

The film follows a successful corporate headhunter (Askel Hennie) who is deep in debt, and so has turned to stealing and selling art to maintain his lifestyle. When he goes after one particular painting, however, he discovers a secret that makes him a target for the sort of people we’d all rather avoid. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones plays a major role. It’s easy to see why Summit would be interested in a remake, but based on the footage we’ve seen so far I’d much rather just watch the original. Check out a US-tailored trailer after the break. Read More »

Though last month’s Contraband was Mark Wahlberg‘s first film to hit theaters since 2010′s The Fighter, the star is now busier than ever. He’s got Ted, from Seth McFarlane, due out this summer, plus Broken City, 2 Guns, and Pain and Gain all scheduled to land sometime next year.

Now Wahlberg has yet another new project in his sights: the Jo Nesbø adaptation Headhunters. Nesbø’s novel has already been turned into a Norwegian film which received glowing praise at last year’s Fantastic Fest. So, naturally, Hollywood is interested in making its own English-language version of the story. More details after the jump.

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Martin Scorsese Set For ‘The Snowman’

Less than a month ago Martin Scorsese started to show public interest in directing a film based on Jo Nesbø‘s thriller novel The Snowman. (He has been circling the project for longer than that.) The book is one of nine Nesbø novels featuring Harry Hole, a non-traditional, alcoholic, loose-cannon police detective. In The Snowman, “a son finds his mother’s pink scarf wrapped around the neck of a ominous looking snowman. Hole realizes she is the latest victim of a serial killer.”

Scorsese’s interest in the film is good news for those who like big-budget adaptations of brutal police thrillers, and not so good news for anyone who hoped that, after Hugo, Scorsese might finally make his long-planned Jesuit drama Silence or the mob movie The Irishman.

Now we’ve got confirmation that The Snowman will indeed be directed by Scorsese. Read More »

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