Sweden's NICE Drama to Adapt Kristina Ohlsson Crime Trilogy
"Unwanted," the first in Ohlsson's crime series, was published in the U.S. in February.
COLOGNE, Germany -- In the latest deal for a Nordic noir franchise, Stockholm production group NICE Drama has snatched up rights to a trio of novels by young crime writer Kristina Ohlsson.
The deal, which hopes to follow on such Scandi crime success stories as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Killing, will see NICE produce a six-episode TV series and three 90-minute films based on Ohlsson's books Unwanted, The Daisy and Guardian Angels.
Ohlsson's trilogy centers on Fredrika Bergman, an investigative analyst for the police who uses her unconventional, academic ideas to solve crimes. NICE plans to shoot the series in 2013-14, with the first film of Unwanted, the story of a child killer, planned as a theatrical release in certain territories. The series will be produced by NICE together with co-production partners in Sweden and Germany.
Ohlsson was a counterterrorism officer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe before publishing her first novel. Published in 23 countries, her books have been best-sellers across Europe. Unwanted hit U.S. bookstores in February.
NICE Drama is the Swedish drama arm of the Nordic Independent Creative Entertainment group, a Nordic independent production alliance. Other members include Norwegian producers Monster and Limelight Film & TV, Finland's Moskito, Baluba and Titan Television from Sweden and Gong from Denmark.
NICE Drama is producing a feature film based on Swedish best-seller The Centenarian Who Climbed Out the Window and Vanished from writer Jonas Jonasson. Disney has picked up Nordic rights for the feature, about a 100-year-old man who escapes from his nursing home and goes on a road trip across Sweden, with Herbert Kloiber's Tele-Munchen Group taking all German-speaking rights.