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Nordisk Film Acquires Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’

Scandinavian company Nordisk Film has acquired rights to “The Marco Effect,” the latest opus of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “Department Q,” whose big-screen adaptations have been huge box office in Denmark.

“The Marco Effect” marks the sixth book of Adler-Olsen’s hit Nordic Noir franchise “Department Q,” which has so far been adapted into a movie trilogy: “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” “The Absent One” and “A Conspiracy of Faith.” The trilogy, which was produced by Zentropa (a sister company to Nordisk Film), sold worldwide including in the U.S. to Sundance Selects.

Zentropa is now producing the fourth opus, “The Purity of Vengeance,” which is expected to be released within a year or two, according to Nordisk.

“For a couple of years we have been developing an international film based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s first thriller, ‘Alphabet House.’ During this time we have had a very productive dialogue with Jussi Adler-Olsen, which has led to this great opportunity materializing,” said Henrik Zein, Nordisk Film Production CEO.

“The ‘Department Q’ series have a large, global readership, and our ambition is to make a series of films aimed at a broad and international audience,” said Zein.

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Adler-Olsen is currently working on the seventh volume of his “Department Q” collection and is aiming at a total of 10 volumes.

Nordisk Film is expected to produce up to six films, including “The Marco Effect.”

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