After setting box office records for the Norwegian film industry, Headhunters, based on Jo Nesbo’s stand-alone thriller, opened this weekend in New York and Los Angeles and will expand to more theaters through May.
It was reviewed widely, receiving generally strong critical response, with the exception of the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal critic went so far as to put it on his “short list of the most enjoyable movies in recent memory.”
And, yes, following in the footsteps of movies based on Stieg Larsson’s books, an American version is in the works. Last October, it was announced that Summit had acquired the rights. Mark Wahlberg recently gave the production a push. He was so impressed with the Norwegian film that he says he “pleaded with the studio that has the rights” to make an English-language version.
Official Movie Site: MagPictures.com/Headhunters
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese has been attached to direct a film based on the seventh book in Nesbo’s Harry Hole series, The Snowman. It’s one of many projects the director has in the works, so it’s anyone’s guess which will make it to the screen first.