And not just any old snowman or Frosty the Snowman for that matter. Martin Scorsese’s too awesome for that. The director has just been confirmed to direct an adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo’s best-selling novel “The Snowman” for Working Title Films.
THR reports that Scorsese had been circling the project for some time now (since last month) but Nesbo had to give final approval for the director. He has done so, confirming to a Swedish newspaper that Scorsese will direct the first English-language adaptation of his work. Nesbo added that he would not insist Snowman be shot on location in Olso, where the book is set.
Here’s the novel’s description via Amazon:
Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.
Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.
“World War Z” screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan will pen the script to “Snowman” while Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce.