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Yellow Bird partners for ‘Annika Bengtzon’

Malin Crepin to star in crime drama

SEVILLE, Spain — Sweden’s Yellow Bird, the shingle behind the “Mil lennium” or “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, is partnering with Seville-based La Zanfona Prods. to co-produce an adaptation of part of the “Annika Bengtzon” book series.

Project is designed as one feature film and five telepics, with a combined budget of ” 10 million ($14 million), based on the bestsellers of Swedish author Liza Marklund.

TV actress Malin Crepin will play crime reporter Annika Bengtzon in all six pics.

Feature “Nobel’s Last Will” is helmed by Peter Flinth, who directed an episode of Yellow Bird TV series “Wallander.”

Telepics adapt the books “Studio Sex,” “Prime Time,” “The Red Wolf,” “Lifetime” and “A Place in the Sun.”

La Zanfona will co-produce “A Place in the Sun,” bringing to the table Spanish talent and financing, said Zanfona co-founder Gervasio Iglesias. Project will also be backed by the Andalusia Film Commission.

Filming on the $2.1 million-budgeted “Sun” will begin in Andalusia in September for delivery in 2012.

“We are in talks with several Spanish broadcasters, but the project is already fully financed,” said Yellow Bird producer Jenny Gilbertsson at this week’s Seville European Film Festival.

Northern European conglom Nordisk Films, Swedish broadcaster TV4 and Germany’s ARD Degeto have been involved in the project from the development stage.

Yellow Bird is part of the pan-European Zodiac Media Group.

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