Swedish director Tomas Alfredson is to direct the film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, the seventh in the Norwegian novelist’s best-selling Harry Hole detective series.
Alfredson, who directed the critically-acclaimed Let the Right One In and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, is replacing Martin Scorsese as the intended director of the upcoming Nordic crime film, according to Variety. Scorsese is taking on an executive producer role instead.
Nesbø, who supported Scorsese’s original bid to direct the film, reportedly held a veto on the adaptation’s director.
The Snowman, published in 2007 and set in 2004, follows unorthodox Oslo detective Harry Hole’s investigation of what could be Norway’s first serial killer – with a snowman discovered at the scene of each murder.
Word of a film adaptation first emerged in 2011, mere months after the release of the hugely successful action-thriller Headhunters, directed by Morten Tyldum and based on Nesbø’s 2008 novel of the same name. It went on to become the highest-grossing Norwegian film of all time.
But though a Snowman film from Martin Scorsese was expected by 2013, the project went quiet until this year. It is expected the film could now move towards a 2015-16 release.