The adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman has started shooting in Oslo, Norway.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson (who we know from Let the Right One In), The Snowman is an English-language film that stars Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rebecca Ferguson.
Fassbender plays Harry Hole, an idiosyncratic detective who investigates the murder of a woman whose death might be the cause of a serial killer who strikes with the first snowfall of the year.
In addition to Oslo, the film will also be shot in Bergen and Rjukan.
The series is produced by Universal, Working Title and Another Park Film. The founders of Working Title, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, acquired the rights to Nesbø’s book in 2011.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK has reported that the film has the largest crew ever in Oslo, with 150 crew and 1,700 extras.
The Snowman is an important film for Norwegian cinema, particularly because it is the first international film to benefit from Norway’s new tax incentive, which enables producers to deduct up to 25% of the production expenditure occurred in the country. The City of Oslo is also backing the production, which has been assisted by the Norwegian Film Commission.
Jo Nesbø is an Executive Producer of the film, alongside Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese and the films director.
This is the second Scandinavian film for Working Title, after they partly shot The Danish Girl in Copenhagen, with backing from the Copenhagen Film Fund.
Image source: Michael Fassbender http://www.watchthisspacefilmmagazine.co.uk/