More good news for fans of great Scandinavian crime fiction! The Hypnotist – the long-awaited, bestselling Swedish crime fiction thriller by Lars Kepler – will be filmed. And Lasse Hellström (Dear John, Chocolat, My Life as a Dog, ABBA The Movie, and many more) will return to the Swedish cinema after more than two decades to direct The Hypnotist. On their website, HarperCollins writes:
Svensk Filmindustri and Sonet Film have just announced that Swedish Lasse Hallström will be directing the movie based on the international success thriller The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler.
Lasse Hallström’s Academy Award nominated My Life As a Dog (1985) was followed by a number of American movies including What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat and The Shipping News. Hallström has just completed filming of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Shooting of The Hypnotist is planned to start in the winter of 2011-2012 and the Swedish première is expected to take place in the autumn of 2012.
Lars Kepler’s projected series of eight novels (beginning with The Hypnotist) now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales of a Swedish author. The Hypnotist has sold over half a million copies in Sweden and is a bestseller in Italy, Denmark, Spain and Holland. The European phenomenon will reach the UK on the 12th May. The second installment entitled The Executioner will be published in May 2012.
Lasse Hellström is an excellent director who has made a number of outstanding movies. I think this was an interesting and excellent choice. I am sure he will be able to turn this excellent thriller into a movie that feels authentic at the same time as it appeals to international audiences. Here is some more about Hellstrom from Wikipedia:
Hallström learned his craft making music videos, in particular for the group ABBA. Since the international success of My Life as a Dog (1985), for which he was nominated for Academy Awards for writing and directing, Hallström has worked in American movies. His first notable American success was What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). He reached his greatest level of prominence when he was nominated for an Academy Award for best director for the critically acclaimed movie The Cider House Rules (1999) and then later directed the well-received film Chocolat (2000), both which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
I am already looking forward to this forthcoming Scandinavian crime movie!