Last month we heard that Martin Scorsese was circling The Snowman, an adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo’s bestselling mystery novel which centers on a detective by the name of Harry Hole taking on a seemingly straight forward missing persons case in Oslo, only to find the female victim’s scarf on a snowman, possibly revealing a serial killer at work.
Now THR has confirmed that Scorsese will direct from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z), with Working Title (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) producing.
Here’s the official synopsis for Jo Nesbo’s novel:
It is November in Oslo and the first snow of the year has fallen. Birte Becker comes home from work and praises the snowman her husband and son have made in the garden. But they haven’t made a snowman. As the family stand by the sitting room window looking out in amazement at the snowman, the son notices that it is facing the house. The black eyes are staring at the window. At them.
Detective Inspector Harry Hole receives an anonymous letter signed “The Snowman.” Later he finds an alarming common thread in all the old disappearance cases. Married women go missing the day the first snow falls. That same night Sylvia Pedersen is fighting her way through the first snow in a forest outside Oslo. She knows she is running for her life, but she doesn’t know what from. Nor does she know what lies ahead. Fortunately.
Scorsese recently ventured into family-friendly territory with Hugo, but The Snowman will see the director return to the crime thriller genre for the first time since The Departed, which picked up 4 Oscars back in 2007.
No word on when filming will begin, but it could be Scorsese’s next film.