Cannes: Ben Kingsley to Star in Adaptation of 'Intrigo' Trilogy of Books

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Benno Furmann and Tuva Novotny also will head up the cast of the film based on the book trilogy by best-selling author Hakan Nesser.

Ben Kingsley will star in an adaptation of the book trilogy Intrigo for Enderby Entertainment and The Amazing Film Co.

Benno Furmann and Tuva Novotny also will head up the cast of the Daniel Alfredson-helmed film based on a book trilogy by best-selling author Hakan Nesser.

The books, individually titled Death of an Author, Dear Agnes and Samaria are set in an undefined country somewhere in northern Europe, where Nesser has set many of his stories. The three films share the same psychology and narrative structure, dealing with dark, hidden secrets destined to surface and with the concepts of guilt, revenge and atonement. The films will all be shot in English.

Production of Death of an Author is set to begin this week in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium, immediately followed by the other two films. All three movies are expected to wrap by the end of August. A theatrical release of the first film is targeted for the end of 2018.

The three films will be introduced to buyers at the Cannes market, which kicks off May 17.

The Amazing Film Co. will co-produce and finance the three films along with Enderby and Umedia, with Silver Reel also coming on board to co-finance. The films will be produced by Enderby’s Rick Dugdale and Thomas Peter Friedl and Uwe Schott from Amazing Film Co. Ian Hutchinson from Silver Reel will serve as executive producer, and Claudia Bluemhuber will serve as senior executive producer.

Additionally, Fox International Production has picked up all rights for German-speaking territories.

“Hakan Nesser has fascinated millions of readers all over the world with his thrilling intrigues taking place in Maardam," Dugdale said. "With our trilogy of feature films we have chosen a unique and extraordinary concept to bring this mysterious world to the big screen.”

Added Friedl: “To shoot and post all three films 'en bloc' and establishing the umbrella brand Intrigo is a groundbreaking new approach to attract our audience beyond each of our three movies and will open many ways for cross marketing and overlapping rights exploitation for us and our distributors."

Nesser’s books, published by Albert Bonniers and licensed by Bonnier Rights in Sweden, have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and are translated into more than 30 languages. The first book, Intrigo, will be published worldwide next year.