Those fans of Martin Scorsese disappointed that his next film will be a kid-friendly one with Hugo will be happy to know his next possible venture will be back to dark mystery territory.
According to Variety Scorsese is circling The Snowman which, despite the title, is not another kids film. Instead, it is 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.
Scorsese has been interested in the title for sometime even though no formal offer has surfaced, but, evident from Scorsese’s eerie side (case in point Shutter Island), it’s safe to say it may in fact be a wise decision. The premise of the film, though strikingly interesting, sparks a similar resemblance to a little film called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as far as the European vibe goes, but that’s where the obvious similarity ends, allowing The Snowman to take on quite a dark and suspenseful identity of its own. Working Title owns the rights for the book and Matthew Michael Carnahan (State Of Play) will be on board to write the script.
Now even though Scorsese’s Hugo looks like a pretty solid film in a totally new environment, it’s still refreshing to see that he’s still interested in what he does well, ultimately allowing him to broaden his horizons without getting stale but still managing to come back to what his fans love him for. If Scorsese does indeed get the directorial duties for The Snowman, it will most likely follow his other projects, including The Irishman, the Sanatra biopic, and the one he will work on next, Silence.
That seems like a full plate to most, but Scorsese has the chops to push out authentic masterpieces when given the opportunity, and honestly I’d like to see him take on a psychological thriller again, after seeing his potential for creepiness in Shutter Island. But alas, chalk this up as yet another update to look out for, hopefully soon.