Yellow Bird flies to ‘Beijing’

Company greenlights Henning Mankell's thriller

STOCKHOLM — Swedish shingle Yellow Bird has greenlit a TV adaptation of Henning Mankell’s thriller “The Man From Beijing.”

The company has had considerable success with adaptations of local crime novels. It adapted Mankell’s “Wallander” series both as a English-language miniseries, starring Kenneth Branagh, and as a Swedish-language series. It also scored an international sleeper B.O. hit last year with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the first part of the “Millennium” trilogy, adapted from the work of Stieg Larsson.

The adaptation of “The Man From Beijing” is being shot as a two-parter, with each episode running to 90 minutes. Peter Keglevic helms the E7 million ($9 million) production, which shoots in Austria, Taiwan and Germany.

The telepic follows a female judge as she looks into a mass murder in a remote village in northern Sweden. She finds a conspiracy that leads both to the U.S. in the 1860s and modern-day China.

German actress Suzanne von Borsody plays the judge and Swedish thesp Mikael Nyqvist, who starred in the “Millennium” trilogy, plays her husband.

The TV movie is being produced by Boris Ausserer for Yellow Bird Pictures Germany, Yellow Bird Pictures Sweden and Austria’s Lotus Film.

Pic is also backed by Degeto Film for German ARD and Austrian ORF, and RTR Fernsehfonds Austria und Niederosterreich.