“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” helmer Tomas Alfredson will direct the film written by Soren Sveistrup.
“The Snowman” is produced by Working Title Films in association with Alfredson’s Another Park Film. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce alongside Piodor Gustafsson.
The film revolves around Harry Hole (played by Fassbender), a detective who has been featured in 10 of Jo Nesbo’s novels. Described as a loose cannon in the Oslo police force, Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
When Working Title originally optioned the book, the idea was to make create a series similar to the Alex Cross films that have starred Morgan Freeman and most recently Tyler Perry.
Martin Scorsese, who was circling the project at one point, is executive producing alongside Nesbo and Niclas Salomonsson, who also represents Nesbo. Working Title’s Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger are also executive producers.
Ferguson is riding high after her breakout performance in “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation,” having already landed a lead role in the adaptation of the bestseller “The Girl on the Train” opposite Emily Blunt.
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She is repped by ICM Partners and Tavistock Wood Management. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.