After The Snowman, I Am Victor will be Jo Nesbø's next thriller to hit the screen
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Award-winning Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur will direct the movie from a script by James Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
While Swedish director Tomas Alfredson is about to finish the shoot for Norwegian author Jo Nesbø's The Snowman – a Working Title (UK) and Universal Pictures (USA) production, filmed in Norway and co-funded by the country's new incentive scheme – Swedish major SF Studios has announced it will adapt Nesbø's new thriller, I Am Victor, for the screen.
In I Am Victor – which is yet to be published – Nesbø, whose thrillers have been translated into 47 languages and have sold more than 30 million copies, describes the adventures of a skilled but morally corrupt and narcissistic divorce settlement lawyer, who finds himself framed for a series of brutal murders. He thus starts his own investigation to find the killer.
“I was completely blown away by this special and totally outrageous character that Nesbø has created, and I am thrilled to be bringing him to the screen together with this fantastic team of collaborators,” said Swedish SF Studios producer Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (the Easy Money [+see also:
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US James Bond screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall [+see also:
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I Am Victor is part of SF Studios’ strategy to produce English-language films with top Scandinavian talent for the international market. Swedish director Hannes Holm's A Man Called Ove [+see also:
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