That Jo Nesbø is so hot right now.
Deadline has announced that Jo Nesbø’s novel Midnight Sun has been picked up by Italian producer Cattleya.
This latest adaption joins a long line of adaptions of Jo Nesbø novels:
- The Snowman, which is coming out in October
- Baltasar Kormakur (Trapped, Everest) is adapting Jo Nesbø’s I am Viktor
- Tobey Macguire (yes, Spiderman) is adapting Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow
Emmy-nominated docu filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini has been announced as directing the film, which will be in the English-language despite its Italian backing.
The novel is the sequel from Blood on Snow and follows Ulf, a young man who gets off a bus on Norway’s far north-east border, telling locals he has come there to hunt. In fact, he is a hitman who has previously worked for The Fisherman, and he has travelled to the Arctic to hide, even if the sun never sets. As he develops a bond with a grieving local and her son, Ulf knows it’s only a matter of time before his former employer pays a visit.
“When I read Midnight Sun I was drawn to the complexity of the main character, Ulf – he’s inherently a good man forced to do bad things in order to save his own life and his loved ones,” Carrozini said. “The exploration of this tension, plus the remote, otherworldly backdrop of the Norwegian coast made me want to bring this book to screen right away.”
Cattleya CEO Riccardo Tozzi mentioned the success of Nordic Noir in the television and film industry as a reason for acquiring the book.
No details have been announced regarding a release.