Scandinavian Noir Update from the Cannes Film Festival

Several Scandinavian authors are promoting their products in Cannes in the hope of replicating the success of the late author’s “Millennium” series.

CANNES — The global success of the Millennium films — $175 million worldwide not counting David Fincher’s upcoming U.S. remake – has buyers in Cannes scrambling to find a Scandinavian crime machine to replace Millennium’s late author Stieg Larsson.

Some of the prime candidates – including Norway’s Jo Nesbo and Swedish crime queens Camilla Lackberg and Lisa Marklund – were walking the Croisette this week, promoting adaptations of their bestselling chillers. These films – HeadhuntersThe German Child and Nobel’s Last Will — are some of the first Scandi crime dramas to hit the market post-Millennium, so anticipation is high.

Not in Cannes, but still on the Nordic to-watch list are Jens Lapidus, whose Stockholm noir trilogy spawned the hit film Easy Money, picked up for the U.S. by The Weinstein Co. and for a U.S. remake by Warner Bros. And Lars Kepler, whose The Hypnotist, the first book in a planned eight-book series, is being adapted for the big screen by Swedish Hollywood-director Lasse Hallstrom.

For more, go to the Hollywood Reporter article.

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