Hamilton' spy franchise makes a comeback

LONDON — The Swedish Film Institute has awarded $4 million in production funding to six feature projects, including the sequel to drug thriller “Easy Money” and the comeback of the “Hamilton” spy franchise.

Easy Money II” is the follow-up to the 2010 international action hit about a young man working for a cocaine dealer.

The sequel, which has received $1.2 million from the SFI, will be directed by Iranian-born Babak Najafi, a rising star of Swedish cinema whose debut “Sebbe” won best film at last year’s Golden Bugs.

In the Interest of the Nation” marks the return of super-spy Carl Hamilton, the Swedish equivalent of James Bond, more than a decade after his last big screen outing. Danish helmer Kathrine Windfeld is directing the first part of a new trilogy based on the best-selling novels by Jan Guillou. The SFI has awarded the project $760,000.

Among other awards, Staffan Lindberg directs “Once Upon A Time in Phuket,” a romantic comedy set in Thailand, which receives $910,000.

Norwegian writer/director Sara Johnson is awarded $150,000 for “All That Matters Is Past,” a drama about a woman who reconnects with her childhood sweetheart.

The SFI has also granted $530,000 for kids project “Hocus Pocus, Alfie Atkins” by director Torill Kove.

Maud Nycander and Kristina Lindstrom get $380,000 for “Palme,” a documentary about the assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme.

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