Ritzau news agency reports that after four films produced by Zentropa, Nordisk Film have acquired the rights to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q crime series.
So far six Department Q books have been published, but Jussi Adler-Olsen is planning to write ten in the series. Nordisk Film will take over the reigns from volume five, The Marco Effect, so may potentially produce up to six films.
Jussi Adler-Olsen said: “We have long discussed how we could get the underlying story of the Q Universe back in to the series, because it has not been there in the Zentropa films. And I feel that my readers think that it’s necessary.”
“The Zentropa films are far removed from my books, and it seems that I will have more influence in connection with the next film. It’s to do with being handed the script right at the start and assessing whether it’s what you want, so things are slightly different here than at Zentropa.”
Henrik Zein, CEO of Nordisk Film Production, said: “The stories of Deputy Superintendent Carl Mørck have a large readership and are not only the most powerful crime-franchises in Denmark, but also a great international success.”
The most recent Department Q film, A Conspiracy of Faith, set a box office record in Denmark and enjoyed the biggest opening weekend for a Danish film in fifteen years. The final Zentropa produced film in the series, The Purity of Vengeance, has yet to be released.