Lasse Hallström Directing ‘The Hypnotist’

We’ve had a few years where one of the biggest questions in development news was ‘what can be the new Twilight?’ Will the new question be ‘what’s the new Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?’ With David Fincher hard at work on the first English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel, you can bet that will be one of the most-asked questions in studio exec offices in 2011 on both sides of the Atlantic.

One film that might seem like an option but probably won’t be is The Hypnotist, the first in a series of novels by Lars Kepler. Lasse Hallström will direct. Read More »


Early last year, Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy wrote an adaptation of Paul Torday‘s novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The script was well-received, making the 2009 Brit List of unproduced screenplays.

Some time after that, Bill Condon came aboard the project to direct. But his new responsibilities on Breaking Dawn preclude making the picture. So he’s been replaced by Lasse Hallström. A bit more exciting than that is the cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. Read More »