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With the release of 'Hugo' set for tomorrow, word is spreading that director Martin Scorsese has already signed on to yet another project. The celebrated director will helm the big screen adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo's novel 'The Snowman.' The novel, one of a series, follows the exploits of alcoholic detective Harry Hole as he investigates grisly murders. In the case of 'The Snowman,' a young boy finds a clue wrapped around the neck of a snowman that serves as evidence that his mother may have been the victim of a serial killer. The film version will be produced by Working Title Films. The screenplay will be written by Matthew Michael Carnahan ('World War Z'). This project had been held up pending Nesbo's approval of director; not surprisingly, he had no problem with the Scorsese selection.
I am really very excited about this piece of news. For one thing, Martin Scorsese and crime thrillers tend to go together exceedingly well and it'll be a nice return to form for Marty after his family film experiment 'Hugo.' But this particular project, and more specifically the author involved, is terribly intriguing. 'The Snowman' will be Jo Nesbo's first novel to be adapted into an English-language film, but it will by no means be the first film based on his work. Just this year at Fantastic Fest, one of the films that garnered the most acclaim was Norwegian crime thriller 'Headhunters,' a film based on another of Nesbo's novels, this one about an art thief. I can't wait to see another of his stories brought to the big screen. It's nice to see people of Scorsese's caliber interested in Nesbo's work.