Martin Scorsese Could Next Direct Norwegian Thriller 'The Snowman'
With an unexpected children's tale coming from the director in the form of Hugo hitting theaters on November 23rd, it'll be nice to have Martin Scorsese getting back to some gritty drama again. This time it sounds like his inspiration is coming from the other side of the world as Variety reports the director has been circling an adaptation of Jo Nesbo's Norwegian mystery novel The Snowman for his next project. However, the trade is careful to point out the no offer from Working Title has been made to Scorsese, but apparently the project has caught the filmmaker's eye as Hugo inches closer to being complete. More below!
Just recently Jo Nesbo's novel Headhunters was picked up by Summit Entertainment for a feature film adaptation, and I was surprised the author's eight book series focusing on Detective Harry Hole hadn't been picked up for the film treatment yet. Of course, the series isn't being adapted in order as The Snowman is the seventh book in the series featuring Hole caught up in a case concerning a missing woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman, and just might be the work of a serial killer. Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play, World War Z) is behind the adaptation which could very well serve as a jumping off point for a new mystery franchise not unlike The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Of course, Scorsese has been said to be interested in a couple other projects previously. Reports have linked Scorsese to a remake of the 1974 gambling drama The Gambler with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role of an academic whose gambling addiction begins to get the best of him. But the director has also apparently expressed interest in Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger non-fiction book Furious Love which follows the "torrid and tempestuous romance" between the late iconic Hollywood heavyweights Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton whose love first blossomed on the set of Cleopatra. Frankly, The Snowman sounds like the best one of this batch, but I'm just looking forward to anything that Scorsese decides to direct.