Scorsese wants to film in Norway

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Celebrity film director Martin Scorsese says he wants to film Jo Nesbø’s entire crime novel Snømannen (The Snowman) in Norway if he can, not just certain parts of it. The only thing holding him up is the lack of a finished script.

Scorsese told newspaper Aftenposten that he “can’t wait” to travel to Norway and get to work. But first he needed “to get some sleep” at home in New York. Then he’ll meet with his producers and some candidates they have in mind to write the script.

Norwegian author Jo Nesbø sold the film rights to Snømannen on the condition he could choose its director. Scorsese was his top choice for the story about police inspector Harry Hole, who figures in many of Nesbø’s books, and Hole’s search for a serial killer.

Scorsese, known for such films as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, said he wants to film the Harry Hole character on Hole’s home turf in Oslo. He wouldn’t name any candidates for the role, though. Asked whether the entire film would be shot on location in Norway, Scorsese said “yes of course. We need the atmosphere.”

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