Harry Hole film may be set in Stockholm and not Oslo

A Harry Hole English-language film has been in the works since the autumn of 2011, and now it seems the film may not be set in Oslo. Stockholm has offered 1.5 million Swedish kronor to entice Universal Studios and Working Title to use the Swedish capital as the location. They have also added in other extras like free parking, the shut-down of streets, and free office space.

This really puts pressure on the Norwegian capital of Oslo, where the novel series by Jo Nesbø is set. This is a great opportunity for Oslo to join in on a high-profile international blockbuster, and the film agreement must be in place by January.

The film is estimated to have a budget of 1.5 billion Norwegian kronor, leading to one of the reasons why Oslo may not be putting enough forward. Stockholm has calculated that up to 800 million NOK can be made in revenues from tourists as a result of the six films that were made based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. The Problem for Oslo and Norway as the location of the film is that the cost is initially 20% more than Stockholm. Nevertheless, the Swedish Hollywood director Tomas Alfredson, who last year got into the project instead of film legend Martin Scorsese, stated that he would rather see that the central outdoor scenes filmed in Oslo.

“The Harry Hole universe is Oslo and it is essential for us to show this in the film, but we can not do it at any cost,” says co-producer Peter Gustafsson Piodor in Another Park Film in Stockholm.He and the other manufacturers are now awaiting with excitement what is happening with the announced film release from the Norwegian government in June. It has long been speculated that the message also will add up to a so-called incentive agreement, whereby foreign filmmakers will be reimbursed a certain percentage of what they spend during filming in the country.

“We have not yet taken a decision on whether the film will be shot in Stockholm or Oslo, or anywhere else. Anything that can help lower costs will make it more beneficial that we choose to make the most of Oslo – the city we would rather,” says Gustafsson.

Article translated from Aftenposten.no, where you can also find more information.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.