Summit Entertainment to Adapt Norway Crime Thriller 'Headhunters'
No matter how much grief cinephiles would like to give Summit Entertainment for subjecting us to the big screen adaptations of The Twilight Saga, you can't deny that the production company has delivered some truly stellar cinema to make-up for it. Films in their past include The Beaver, The Brothers Bloom, The Hurt Locker and most recently 50/50 (simultaneously one of the best comedies and dramas of the year). Now Deadline says the company has picked up the English-language film rights to the Jo Nesbø's best-selling Norwegian crime thriller Headhunters, which was just recently published here in the United States.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II—and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.
Nesbø is quite an accomplished author with his eight-book series featuring Detective Harry Hole being translated into more than 40 language (frankly, I'm surprised those books aren't headed for the big screen already). As for this stand alone novel, Headhunters apparently "makes James Ellroy look like a Boy Scout and Bret Easton Ellis like a Sunday-school boy." It has even been said that the story is a caper worthy of The Coen Brothers or Quentin Tarantino, so you know it's just begging for a feature film adaptation. No writer or director is attached yet, so stay tuned as this project is just now getting off the ground.
Haha, this is exactly what I predicted in my review of the original. The material has lots of potential and while I really enjoyed the norwegian version, it could become even better with the right director.
Andreas Climent on Oct 11, 2011
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