'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Director Tomas Alfredson to Remake Swedish Kids Classic

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Tomas Alfredson on the set of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with John Hurt and Gary Oldman

The screenwriters of the spy drama co-wrote the adaptation of Astrid Lindgren fantasy novel "The Brothers Lionheart."

BERLIN – Swedish director Tomas Alfredson will follow up his acclaimed Tinker Tailer Solider Spy with a remake of a Swedish classic.

Alfredson picked up the rights to fantasy novel The Brothers Lionheart from Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) and, together with producer Peter Gustafsson, began shopping the project to buyers in Cannes last year.

Director Olle Hellbom’s 1977 adaptation of the book, a story of two brothers who meet up in the afterlife and have fantastic adventures, is an enduring Scandinavian classic.

The project reteams Alfredson with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan and Let the Right One In screenwriter John Ajvide Lindqvist, who co-wrote the script for The Brothers Lionheart. Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (The Fighter) will lens the project, which is set for a Christmas 2014 release in Sweden. The Swedish Film Institute is backing Brothers Lionheart with $1.7 million (SEK 11 million) in production funding.

Fellow Swede Ella Lemhagen (Patrik Age 1.5) is also revamping a favorite 1970s children’s production, adapting the Swedish TV series Pojken med guldbyxorna (“The Boy With the Golden Pants”) as a feature film. The story follows a young boy whose pants produce unlimited cash.

Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, producer of the Easy Money crime trilogy, will produce for Tre Vanner Produktion, with Lemhagen penning the screenplay and the Swedish Film Institute putting up $1.25 million in production funds.

Other beneficiaries of the film institute’s latest funding round include Ole Christian Madsen, whose drama Itsi Bitsi received $1.9 million; director Ruben Ostlund, who picked up $1.7 million toward his latest, Tourist; and Germany’s Wim Wenders, whose 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, from a screenplay by Norwegian writer Bjorn Olaf Johannessen and starring James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Charlotte Gainsbourg, picked up $235,000.