SF Studios buys four novels by author Jesper Stein

Denmark’s SF Studios has acquired the rights to four novels by the Danish author Jesper Stein to be adapted into three films based on the series.

The series follows deputy detective Axel Steen and his murder investigations. It is set in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen. Steen is divorced with a daughter, and never gives less than 100% when solving a case. The style, the investigations and his private life are portrayed in a tone known as “2200 Noir”, referring to the Nørrebro postcode.

The first film will be based on the third book in the series, Akrash (2014). The second film will combine Unrest (2012) and Bye Bye Blackbird (2013), then finish with the third film Aisha (2015).

Originally a journalist in Aarhus, Jesper Stein won the Danish Crime Academy’s Debutant Prize for Unrest as well as the Danish Booksellers’ Golden Laurels for Aisha. His crime novels have been sold to more than ten countries.


The films will be scripted by Swedish screenwriters Maria Karlsson and Oliver Dixon, known for Easy Money. SF Studios is the Danish subsidiary of the Swedish company.

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.