Deadline reports that Italian production company Cattleya (Gomorra) has picked up the rights for an English language adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel Midnight Sun, with Francesco Carrozzini confirmed to direct.
In Midnight Sun, Jon is a former hit man for notorious drug kingpin The Fisherman who flees to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, in the hope of finding sanctuary with a local religious sect.
Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between Jon and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother, and her young son who provide him with essential supplies. But the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon insane, and then he discovers that the Fisherman’s men are getting closer.
Carrozini said: “When I read Midnight Sun I was drawn to the complexity of the main character – he’s inherently a good man forced to do bad things in order to save his own life and his loved ones. The exploration of this tension, plus the remote, otherworldly backdrop of the Norwegian coast made me want to bring this book to screen right away.”
Jo Nesbø is best known for his series of novels featuring unorthodox detective Harry Hole, to be portrayed by Michael Fassbender in The Snowman which opens October 17th. Also in development are The Son starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Blood On Snow directed by Tobey Maguire.