Tobey Maguire to direct adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s ‘Blood on Snow’

American actor Tobey Maguire will direct a US adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s Blood on Snow.

The book (and now film) follows a talented trigger man named Olav, who has a love for storytelling and doing the dirty business for his employer, one of Norway’s most powerful crime bosses. When the boss tells Olav to kill his own adulterous wife, Olav finds himself torn between loyalty and love when he falls for the marked woman. It leads him to seek out his boss’s rival, and it puts everything in his life at stake.

The film will be produced by Lawrence Grey, Maguire and Matthew Plouffe. Nothing is known of a release date; the IMDb page is delightfully vague. 

This is not the only Nesbø film in the works; The Snowman is due for its premiere in October, with the poster just being revealedThe Son is also being developed with Jake Gyllenhaal starring and producing, and Denis Villeneuve directing.

All of these productions are non-Norwegian (though the Snowman was partially financed and shot in Norway), so it’d be nice to see a Norwegian pick up one of the books!


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.

  1. Mary Kaye Shobe says:

    If a Norwegian director did pick up a Nesbo book, something wonderful could be in store for many of us Nordic/Scandi film fans!

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