Russo Brothers Studio acquires the film rights to Simon Stålenhag’s ‘The Electric State’

Russo Brothers Studio has acquired the film rights to Simon Stålenhag’s narrative art book The Electric State in a heated bidding war. Andy Muschietti (It) is negotiating to direct the film and will produce with Barbara Muschietti. RBS principals Joe and Anthony Russo will produce with them, and Simon Stålenhag and Julia Angelin will executive produce.

Writing The Electric State script will be Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters of the last two Captain America films and the two sequels to The Avengers that the Russo Brothers are directing.

The Russo Brothers confirmed the deal to Deadline Hollywood, saying, “The opportunity to partner with inspirational talents like Simon, Andy, Chris and Steve is exactly the reason we started our company. We can’t wait to help this team create something special.”

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‘Watching You’ one of Aftenposten’s best crime novels of 2017

Arne Dahl’s thrilling Watching You has been chosen by Aftenposten, Norway’s largest daily newspaper, as one of this year’s top three best crime novels.

‘Island of Souls’ one of Dagens Nyheter’s best books of 2017

Johanna Holmström’s powerful and evocative Island of Souls has been chosen by Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, as one of this year’s best books.

Roslund & Hellström, Kristina Ohlsson, Sofia Lundberg and Fredrik Backman on the Swedish bestseller lists

Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes stays at the No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. It is joined by Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, which claims No. 5 on the children’s books list, and Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of A Lifetime at No. 6 on the hardcover fiction list. On the e-book list Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book makes a strong first appearance, jumping straight to No. 5.

Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem No. 3 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code climbs the Norwegian bestseller list again, coming in at No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list this week. It is once more joined by Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero, which claims the No. 3 spot on the paperback list.

‘Island of Souls’ shortlisted for the Runeberg Award

Johanna Holmström’s women’s epic Island of Souls has been shortlisted for the Runeberg Award 2018. Holmström has with this novel “created an accomplished novel with a solid structure, thereby bringing the storytelling to an absolute top level,” according to the jury. The award will be handed out on the Runeberg Day, February 5th.

‘My Cat Yugoslavia’ one of The Boston Globe’s ‘Best Books of 2017’

Pajtim Statovci’s internationally acclaimed My Cat Yugoslavia has been named one of the best books of 2017 by The Boston Globe. The American daily newspaper lauds the novel, likening it to Mikhail Bulgakov’s 20th century masterpiece, The Master and Margarita.

“Like a ‘Master and Margarita’ of exile, this marvelous and frequently hilarious debut novel conjures a talking cat who soothes the soul of a lonely gay man in Helsinki and also possesses the secret for how he can go home to his ancestral Kosovo and find out what happened to his family in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.”
-Kent Worcester, The Boston Globe

‘A Man Called Ove’ on the New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, the international bestseller about the loveable curmudgeon Ove, appears on the New York Times Best Seller List for paperbacks once again, claiming the No. 10 spot this week. This makes the total number of weeks the novel has appeared on the list 85.

Jo Nesbø & Bobbie Peers dominate the Norwegian bookstore bestseller list for November

Jo Nesbø’s fifth Doctor Proctor book, Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?, is November’s most sold Norwegian children’s book in bookstores. Right after it comes Bobbie Peers at No. 2 with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief. In fact, the entire William Wenton series makes an appearance on the list, claiming the No. 6 (William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent) and No. 11 (William Wenton and the Cryptoportal) spots as well.

Anonymous Content options Lars Kepler’s ‘The Hypnotist’ and ‘The Sandman’ for TV and film

It is now official that Anonymous Content has optioned Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna Series, and will start with both a film adaptation of The Sandman which Kepler and Niclas Salomonsson will executive produce, and a TV series adaptation of The Hypnotist that Anonymous Content has set at Paramount Television through the company’s first look deal. Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin (The Revenant, Spotlight, True Detective) will executive produce the series, and they will produce the feature film.

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‘Three Minutes’ No. 2 in Sweden

Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes doesn’t budge from its No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. Three Minutes is the gripping second installment in the series about the successful infiltrator Piet Hoffman.

‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ a January 2018 Top Ten title in Canada

Tom Malmquist’s haunting and powerful In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been voted a Loan Stars January 2018 Top Ten title by library staff all across Canada. The Loan Stars Top Ten list is a curated list of the titles that will be published that month, carefully selected by library staff who wish to share their top picks with readers.

Stefan Ahnhem and Jørn Lier Horst No. 3 and No. 5 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s Eighteen Below Zero claims a spot on the official Norwegian bestseller this week as well, coming in at No. 3 on the list for paperback fiction.

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Katharina Code likewise continues to feature on the hardcover list, claiming the No. 5 spot this week.

‘Operation Mummy’ and ‘William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent’ on the November bestseller list

The official November bestseller list for children’s fiction in Norway has been released, and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes come in at No. 2 with their Operation Mummy, the twelfth installment in the Detective Agency No. 2 series. Bobbie Peers’ third William Wenton book, William Wenton and the Orbulator Agent, claims the No. 5 spot.

‘The Electric State’ published in Sweden

In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside along with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car nears the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace, as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.

Simon Stålenhag is the internationally lauded artist and author of Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood, the narrative art books that stunned the world with a vision of an alternative 1980’s and 1990’s Scandinavia, where technology has invaded the tranquil landscapes to form an entirely new universe of the eerie and the nostalgic. Now, Stålenhag turns his unique vision to America in a new narrative art book: The Electric State.

‘The Man Who Died’ one of the ‘20 best crime books of 2017’

Antti Tuomainen’s The Man Who Died, a critically lauded thriller brimming with the black comedy of life and death, has been named one of the ‘20 best crime books of 2017’ by the Irish Times.

‘The Katharina Code’ No. 4 in Norway

The Katharina Code, the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s critically acclaimed new series, the Cold Case Quartet, is No. 4 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for fiction this week.

‘Three Minutes’ No. 2 in Sweden

Roslund & Hellström’s second novel about the successful infiltrator Piet Hoffman, Three Minutes, is No. 2 on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week.

‘Eighteen Below Zero’ No. 3 in Norway

Stefan Ahnhem’s third Fabian Risk novel stays at No. 3 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for paperbacks. This marks Eighteen Below Zero’s ninth consecutive week on the list.