The Swedish novel, published in 2012, is Jonasson’s second book after “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” Sighvatsson was an executive producer on the film version of “The 100-Year-Old Man,” a comedy which grossed over $50 million worldwide with strong performances in Germany and Sweden.
Sighvattson, a producer on “Z for Zachariah,” told Variety he’s already partnered with German conglomerate Telemunchen on the “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.” Telemunchen was also the German partner on “The 100-Year-Old Man.”
“The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden” is centered on a resourceful South African orphan who makes it out of the Soweto township with smuggled diamonds and sees her life become intertwined with the lives of Swedish twins intent on bringing down the Swedish monarchy.
“It is a great and unique story,” Sighvattson said. “I think it lends itself more easily to a film adaptation. Also the central character is a woman, which I found interesting, as there are not too many films with a female central character. Like ‘The 100 Year Old Man,’ this story is funny, engaging and very enlightening.”
Sighvattson said he is finalizing a deal for a well-known Swedish writer to adapt the novel. “Because the main character is South African, a good part of the film will be in English, as well as taking place in South Africa and Sweden,” he added.
The movie rights deal was negotiated by Carina Brandt at Brandt New Agency and Jonas Axelsson at Partners in Stories. The news was first reported by Publishers Weekly.