Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Spellbound, Gunnar Carlsson's Cap Horn Film to Adapt Icelandic Trilogy

Jon Kalman Stefansson's "Heaven and Hell" trilogy is set in remote Iceland at the turn of the 19th century.

COLOGNE, Germany - Spellbound Productions, the Icelandic shingle of Oscar-nominated director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (Children of Nature) and Sweden's Cap Horn Film will join forces to adapt the Icelandic Heaven and Hell trilogy from acclaimed Reykjavik author Jon Kalman Stefansson.

The three novels in the trilogy: Heaven and Hell (2007), The Sorrow of Angels (2009) and The Heart of Man (2011) follow the struggles of an Icelandic man living in a small fishing village at the turn of the 19th century fighting to be master of his own fate. Critically-acclaimed across Scandinavia, the first book in the trilogy was published in English earlier this year.

Cap Horn Film topper Gunner Carlsson, whose producer credits include the Swedish original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2010), Let the Right One In (2008) and Swedish crime franchise Easy Money, will adapt the novels together with Fridrik Thor and his Spellbound production partner Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir. The trio last joined forced for Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Alzheimer drama Mamma Gogo (2010).

The Heaven and Hell trilogy is set to begin production next year with the first film planned for delivery in late 2014.