Martin Scorsese's almost as famous for his love of movies as he is for making movies. And -- as a man of class and taste -- the director has never hid his fondness for our favorite genre, having helmed dark thrillers like Cape Fear and Shutter Island, as well as producing and narrating the documentary Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows about the 1940s horror auteur. (I was even fortunate enough once to chat with Scorsese about his love of Lewton and Mario Bava.) Since I'm of the opinion that Shutter Island is Scorcese's strongest feature film in the last fifteen years, I'm pretty excited to report that Marty will apparently mine similar territory with The Snowman, his adaptation of author Jo Nesbo's bestselling novel. More after the jump.
According to Ain't It Cool, Nesbo has described the book, which deals with a serial killer, as falling squarely within the horror genre. Here's what The Hollywood Reporter has to say about the film...
"Scorsese had been circling the project for some time now but Nesbo had to give final approval for the director. He has done so, confirming to a Swedish newspaper that Scorsese will direct the first English-language adaptation of his work. Nesbo added that he would not insist Snowman be shot on location in Olso, where the book is set.
"With Snowman, Scorsese will shift away from the family-friendly approach of Hugo to the crime thriller genre of his Oscar-winning The Departed. The novel features Norwegian detective Harry Hole, described as an anti-authoritarian, anti-sobriety cop, who investigates particularly gruesome killings. In Snowman, the seventh book in the Harry Hole franchise, a son finds his mother's pink scarf wrapped around the neck of a ominous looking snowman. Hole realizes she is the latest victim of a serial killer.
"Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z), will pen the script to Snowman. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Nesbo and his literary agent Niclas Salomonsson will receive executive producer credits."