Berlin: Mans Mansson Adapting Graham Greene's 'England Made Me' (Exclusive)
The contemporary big-screen retelling is coming from the producers of 'The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.'
Mans Mansson, whose latest film, The Real Estate – co-directed with Axel Petersen, is competing for the Golden Bear in Berlin, is set to bring Graham Greene’s 1935 novel England Made Me to the big screen.
Swedish banner Nice Drama, which was behind 2013’s Oscar-nominated hit The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, is producing.
The adaptation of Greene’s Stockholm-based story, a triangle drama originally inspired by the rise and fall of industrial tycoon Ivar Kruger, will be set in contemporary Sweden, with a plot revolving around the illegitimate child of a billionaire, his financial adviser and her unpredictable twin brother who unexpectedly joins them.
Mansson will direct from a screenplay by George Cragg.
"The novel’s underdeveloped theme of incestuous love, no doubt too sensitive to fully explore in Greene’s time, will be central to our adaptation set against the backdrop of today’s ultra-rich 1 percent," said Mansson, whose previous films Mr. Governor and The Yard screened at the Berlinale in 2009 and 2016, respectively.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Feb. 15 daily issue at the Berlin Film Festival.