After the success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.), one can hardly blame booksellers or filmmakers for running back to Sweden. The land of beautiful people, hot accents (Skarsgård!), pancakes and meatballs also seems to be a hotbed of thrillers (Three Seconds) just itching to be translated to film.
Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, The Shipping News, My Life as a Dog) will be taking on the Lars Kepler best-selling thriller, The Hypnotist. The book follows Detective Joona Linna investigating a triple homicide. After witnessing the murder of his family, the only survivor — a young boy — is so traumatized he cannot recount what happened. A renowned and retired psychologist is convinced to help; he agrees to hypnotize the boy to search his subconscious for clues. The story is said to be filled with unexpected twists and turns and the boy’s sessions lead to “terrifying consequences.”
The Hypnotist is set to hit U.S. bookstores this year, but if you don’t want to wait, it’s available for the Kindle on Amazon UK. (Interestingly, Lars Kepler is actually a pseudonym for two writers, Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril — header pic.) Here’s a little teaser:
Hallström will be joined by What’s Eating Gilbert Grape producer, Bertil Ohlsson, along with Borje Hansson and Peter Possne. The film is expected to be released in Sweden this year.
(Source: Hollywood Reporter)