Magnolia Pictures picks up 'Headhunters' for North America (Berlin)

6:06 AM PST 02/14/2011 by Scott Roxborough

Magnolia is hoping the Norwegian noir will resonate with the same U.S. audiences that flocked to the 'Millennium trilogy.'

 

BERLIN – Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures have snatched North American rights to Norwegian thriller Headhunters from TrustNordisk.

Based on Jo Nesbo's best-seller, Headhunters stars Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as Roger Brown, an unscrupulous corporate headhunter and secret art thief.

Magnolia is clearly hoping the Norwegian noir will resonate with the same American audiences that flocked to the Millennium trilogy of films based on the novels by Stieg Larsson.

Headhunters has much of the same pedigree as Millennium with the same production company (Sweden's Yellow Bird along with Friland in Norway) and with a script from Ulf Ryberg, one of the writers on the final Millennium film, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.

"Headhunters is one of the most powerful titles from the Nordic countries and it has a huge potential to travel abroad," said TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis. "It is a sexy, nerve-wracking and great film and signing a deal now with a great partner like Magnolia only underlines its potential. We are very proud and can't wait to see the reactions from the American audience."

Headhunters bows in Norway this summer. Magnolia is planning its U.S. release later in the year.

Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Susan Wendt of TrustNordisk.

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