Nordisk Acquires Remaining Titles in Hit 'Department Q' Franchise

'The Keeper of Lost Causes'

Film adaptations of the first three books in Jussi Adler-Olsen's Danish noir series have been box offices hits in Scandinavia.

Scandinavian studio Nordisk Film has acquired the adaptation rights to all the remaining books in the hit Department Q crime series from Danish writer Jussi Alder-Olsen.

The deal, announced Thursday, gives Nordisk rights from the fifth Department Q book, The Marco Effect, onwards. Alder-Olsen has so far published six Department Q books and has said he expects the series to run to 10 volumes. Nordisk plans to produce a total of six feature adaptations based on the novels.

Zentropa, a Danish production company associated with Nordisk, holds rights to the first four Department Q novels. It's first three adaptations: The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One and A Conspiracy of Faith have been huge local hits. The fourth film, The Purity of Vengeance, is currently in preproduction. Nordisk will take over production of the Department Q franchise starting with The Marco Effect.

In the first three films, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares star as detective Carl Morck and his assistant Assad, investigators at Copenhagen's cold case division Department Q. The trio of films has earned more than $30 million at the Danish box office alone.