It’s turning out to be quite the year for Scandinavian film adaptations. In case you've been cut off from all things movie news, David Fincher’s American re-imagining of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is perched on the edge of its theatrical release. Fincher is the mastermind behind such other captivating adaptations as “The Social Network,” based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald; and “Fight Club,” based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk. (If you’ve not yet seen the feature-length trailer for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on the big screen yet, get thee to the movies as soon as possible to catch a glimpse.) But here’s the sad thing about great movies: You only get that thrilling experience of a first-time viewing, well, once – which is why it’s so important to have the Next Great Thing to look forward to.
Enter this week’s news that Martin Scorsese will bring Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo’s thriller The Snowman to Stateside theaters. Rumors of this possibility have been circulating for a little while now, but confirmation was pending author Nesbo’s approval. This isn't Nesbo's first time at the rodeo; another of his novels, Headhunters, was adapted to film by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum and made the festival rounds overseas earlier this year, where it was met with solid reviews. The forthcoming adaptation of The Snowman, with Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”) attached to write the screenplay, should only bring Nesbo’s success to further heights – especially with Scorsese at the helm directing.
Norwegian Police investigator Harry Hole sits at the center of the story. In spite of his hard drinking and questionable tactics, Hole is a brilliant detective. He made his first appearance in 1997’s The Bat Man and has continued with Nesbo through nine novels. In The Snowman, Hole is tasked with the case of a serial killer who leaves a snowman in the wake of each murder. “The Snowman” will certainly be a departure from “Hugo,” Scorsese’s most recent release, which tells the 3-D tale of Hugo Cabret, a young orphan who has taken up residence in a Paris train station. With the Nesbo thriller, Scorsese will return to the arena of such heavier-minded works as “Shutter Island” and “The Departed,” and frankly, we can’t wait for it.