Amma Asante to Direct Drama 'Smilla's Sense of Snow'

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Amma Asante in Gucci at the photocall for A United Kingdom on Oct. 5. 

The Constantin Film TV adapation of Peter Hoeg's 1992 novel is being penned by Clive Bradley.

'Belle' helmer Amma Asante is set to direct the TV drama Smilla's Sense of Snow for Constantin Film.

The series, shortly to be shopped to cable networks and streamers, follows Smilla Jaspersen, whose investigation into the mysterious death of an immigrant Inuit child from the projects evolves into a much grander supernatural epic.

Her search for answers sets her on a journey to her native home of Greenland, where a mysterious extraterrestrial object hidden deep in the ice and averting evil for millennia is waiting for the right person to unlock its powers.

The project is based on Peter Hoeg's 1992 novel Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow, to be adapted for the TV screen by Clive Bradley. Bille August turned Hoeg's novel into the 1997 mystery thriller Smilla's Sense of Snow, which starred Julia Ormond.

Constantin's TV adaptation will be executive produced by Oliver Berben, Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz, while Colin Scully, Alex Westmore and Brandon Zimon will oversee the project for the indie studio.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be helming a show with such a powerful female lead at its center. Peter Hoeg’s 1993 novel gave us a potent social commentary, with a heroine ahead of
her time, that illuminated themes more relevant today than ever," Asante said in a statement

Asante, who also helmed A United Kingdom, on the small screen directed Cate Blanchett in Mrs. America and Elizabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale.

She is represented by Mosaic, CAA and United Agents.