Martin Scorsese will direct The Snowman

Adapting Jo Nesbo's bestselling crime novel

Martin Scorsese has added a new project to his upcoming agenda, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming the Oscar-winning helmer will direct a forthcoming adaptation of crime thriller The Snowman.

Written by Norweigian author Jo Nesbo, the book is the seventh in a series of detective novels featuring hard-bitten gumshoe Harry Hole, a committed boozer with an authority problem.

The Snowman charts a particularly grisly series of murders that begin when a young boy finds his mother’s scarf tied around the neck of one the titular snowmen. A serial killer is believed to have claimed her as his latest victim, and Hole must set about tracking him down.

Scandinavian crime drama is red-hot at the moment, what with the success of The Killing as well as the omnipresent Millenium trilogy, so it should come as no surprise to hear that Nesbo’s bestselling franchise is getting the big-screen treatment. Scorsese is a interesting choice to direct, and it will be intriguing to see how he approaches a straightforward thriller such as this one.

The Snowman is thought to be the next project on Scorsese’s already packed slate, pushing back The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Irishman, Silence, The Gambler and an as-yet untitled biopic of Frank Sinatra. He’s going to need a bigger diary…

Is Scorsese a good fit for The Snowman? And who should play Harry Hole? Tell us, below.


    • Jeffbiscuits

      Nov 22nd 2011, 8:58

      This story wasn't quite as amazing as the weird thought that popped into my head when I read the headline. Scorsese directing a Raymond Briggs adaptation would be brilliant. With Deniro as Aled Jones and Ray Liotta as Paul McCartney

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Nov 22nd 2011, 9:26

      David Bowie even

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 22nd 2011, 13:46

      Well, given that Scorsese screwed up "Shutter Island" I don't have much hope for "The Snowman" (which I've also read). As for who should play Hole, however...Hmm. It's interesting.

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 23rd 2011, 0:34

      @Jeffbiscuits I had exactly the same 'wtf' moment...

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    • Ralvacast

      Nov 23rd 2011, 3:03

      David Spade (I just want to see something that will confuse me for decades).

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 26th 2011, 12:48

      I am, however, boycotting this production if sodding DiCaprio is cast as Hole, as Scorsese seems to be wont to do....

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    • FBRHill

      Feb 29th 2012, 15:02

      Well, Harry Hole, in my mind, is tall and thin and, of course, Norwegian and in his late 30s/40. Having a quick glance at Imdb I came across Paul Bettany. Tall, slim, blonde and aged 40. I think he would make a good Harry Hole. I agree DiCaprio would not fit and Viggo Mortensen is, I think, too old for the part. Other interesting possibilities I came across: Rupert Penry-Jones, Wentworth Miller, Matthew Macfadyen, Tahmoh Penikett, Christian Bale and Alexander Skarsgård. Possibly a little old too but the right type is Lars Mikkelsen from Forbrydelsen.

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