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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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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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 »

Jo Nesbø is becoming a prominent inheritor of the Stieg Larsson Scandinavian mystery crown. In the wake of the success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo several authors have become best-sellers with their own brand of frigid thriller, and Nesbø is among the most successful. He has penned more than a dozen novels, one of which was turned into the Fantastic Fest entry Headhunters, and nine of which involve the tough, non-conformist detective Harry Hole, “a classic loose cannon in the police force, with few close friends and some unorthodox methods.” (Quite a character name.)

The seventh Harry Hole book, The Snowman, has been optioned by Working Title, and the company now has no less than Martin Scorsese in talks to direct the adaptation. Read More »

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