The possibility of using Oslo as the setting for the adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman. On the 8th of October there was a meeting in Oslo between Noway’s Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey, Oslo’s culture councillor Hallstein Bjercke and executives from Hollywood’s Universal Pictures and the UK’s Working Title.
“We discussed details of incentive schemes, and whether it would be possible to film the entire thing in Norway – in such an event we would shoot in Oslo, Bergen and a few different regions,” Jeff LaPlante, Universal’s new president of physical production, told Norway’s NRK. LaPlante was satisfied with the rebate programme, although he would have liked a higher cap than €5 million. (source: Cineuropa)
This comes after news that Norway will introduce a 25% rebate for international feature films and TV series shot in Norway, and the city of Oslo will contribute funds to the production.
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson will direct the film, and Michael Fassbender is a candidate to play Harry Hole. Pre-production will start in two weeks, and principal photography will start in January.