Mona, Tivoli target Russell books

Companies to adapt eight crime novels for TV

BERLIN — With European properties continuing to entice German auds, local producers and distribs are eagerly picking up hot book and film titles.

Vienna-based shingle Mona Film and its German sister company Tivoli Film have acquired rights to eight novels by Scottish crime author Craig Russell and will produce adaptations of the books with pubcaster ARD’s production and licensing division Degeto.

A number of Russell’s books are set in Hamburg and feature a local police investigator, making the stories ideal for German TV. First up is “Brothers Grimm,” about a killer whose M.O. includes referencing classic fairytales in his grisly murders.

Meanwhile, Berlin-based theatrical distrib NFP has acquired the Swedish film trilogy based on the “Millennium” novels of late author Stieg Larsson, about the investigation of a decade’s old mystery by a jaded journalist and a young female hacker.

Produced by Stockholm’s Yellow Bird, the first pic in the series, “Maen som hatar kvinnor” (Men Who Hate Women) will hit screens in October via NFP and Warner Bros.

Larsson’s book trilogy has sold more than 2 million copies in Germany and more than 10 million worldwide.

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