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Jo Nesbo Increases Hollywood Stock with WB’s Acquisition of ‘The Son’

Posted by , on November 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm 

If, as an author, Martin Scorsese plans to adapt one work as Sacha Gervasi is expected to remake a hit spin on another property, things are going well. On top of the cinematic treatments which (from what I know) should deliver heaps of royalties, however, Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø remains one of modern crime fiction’s better-known and more reliable names. The guy doesn’t really need much else, save for writing a gripping tale.

But he’s still got Hollywood knocking on the door — and it’s a call he’s happy to answer. Next in line are Warner Bros., who Deadline tell us have bought rights to his novel, The Son, in a pre-emptive deal that had gained traction with several outlets these past few days. (A hot commodity, you see.) Thankfully for my hope in studio business, reading the logline helps make a smidge of sense as to why so many would clamor for it: what’s in store sounds complex, exciting, and even pulpy.

The Son is not a transposition of the Dardenne brothers film, but a guilt-filled crime thriller centered on a kid who took the fall for some others and landed himself in jail. Those life plans are curtailed, however, when his father is murdered, forcing him to break out of the slammer and go after those who did the killing — for one thing. In addition to this rather standard protagonist quest, the fellow decides to “rectify the crimes to which he confessed,” whatever that may entail.

We’d be best-served to wait for how Nesbø‘s novel adds that all together, even if the reception to his prior work is a generally good sign; important, too, is the filmmaker who gets themselves signed for the heavy lifting, but both are out of our reach at this point. Come to think of it, amidst some fruitless speculation, maybe we should just read the book first and, then, decide if it’s worth anyone’s time. Too bad it won’t hit until 2014.

No matter how preliminary this may be, does The Son sound to be worth an adaptation?


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