The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum is looking to bring his breakthrough feature, Headhunters, to the U.S. The Norwegian helmer has teamed with the film’s producer Yellow Bird (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) to develop an English-language version of the 2011 Norwegian comic thriller. It hasn’t been determined whether the remake will be for the big or small screen, with both a feature and TV series being considered. Search is currently underway for a writer.
Tyldum will produce, along with Janne Tyldum, through their newly formed Norse Code shingle, which specializes in bringing Scandinavian titles from novels, films and other mediums to an American audience. Marianne Gray and Berna Levin will produce for Yellow Bird.
The 2011 feature Headhunters was based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. It centers on the successful but insecure corporate recruiter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) who lives a double life as an art thief to fund his lavish lifestyle. He finds out that one of his job prospects is in possession of a valuable painting and sets out to steal it. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnøve Macody Lund also starred in the film.
Yellow Bird previously set a Headhunters TV series based on the book at HBO in 2013, with Lionsgate producing. The project, written by Alexander Woo, did not go past the development stage, and the rights reverted back to Yellow Bird. Lionsgate and Woo are no longer involved.
Tyldum received a best directing Oscar nomination for 2014’s The Imitation Game, which earned a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Graham Moore and six other Oscar noms including Best Film. Tyldum is currently in post-production on Sony’s big-budget science-fiction love story Passengers, for Neal Moritz’s Original Films, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Tyldum is also aboard to direct Counterpart, Starz’s straight-to-series drama starring JK Simmons, which has a two-season order, with the hope to go into production later this year.
Here is a trailer for Headhunters, which was released in the U.S. in 2012.
Yellow Bird is repped by UTA. Tyldum is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.