Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson No. 1 in Sweden

Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing, the second installment of the bestselling Österlen Murders, comes in at No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction for the month of July. The first installment, A House to Die For, grabs the No. 1 spot on the paperback list.

New Title: ‘The Devil’s Grip’

“At what time does everything derail? A few weeks later, she will try to map the course of events, try to understand at what moment the compass loses its northern position.”

A woman arrives in Florence where everything seems strange and overwhelming to her. The tile roofs, the church towers, all the loving couples. The man she has met. She thinks that she herself comes from a very barren area, has a lot to learn, and that he may be the one who thaws the solid-frozen soil within her. This is the story of the two, of their bodies and minds. About her grip on him, and his increasingly tight grip on her. The devil’s grip.

‘The Hanging Sun’ to close Venice International Film Festival

The Hanging Sun, a Sky Original film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel Midnight Sun, will close the 79th Venice International Film Festival on 10th September.

The story follows hitman Jon, who is on the run after betraying Oslo’s biggest crime lord: the Fisherman. Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness. But the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity. And then he discovers that the Fisherman’s men are getting closer…

Directed by Francesco Carrozzini and written by Stefano Bises, the film features performances from Alessandro Borghi (Devils), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sam Spruell (The North Water), Frederick Schmidt (Angel Has Fallen), Raphael Vicas (Grantchester), with Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and will air on Sky Cinema later this year.

New Title: ‘Lucid Dreams: A User’s Manual’

There is something disturbing lurking in the periphery in Johanna Holmström’s short stories. Silja hides a morbid secret in her freezer, Desiré secretly wishes that she would turn into a jellyfish and Julia arrives at Barnträdgården when the last birds fall from the sky.

The human destinies are skillfully intertwined. Time ticks relentlessly. Finland is on the brink of societal change, climate crises and pandemics in the 21st century – but in the 22nd century, artificial intelligence has almost taken over and built artificial cities to protect humanity. Man’s capacity for goodness is sadly limited – new life forms may cope better.

Johanna Holmström’s Lucid Dreams: A User’s Manual is a collection of short stories about fear, human relationships, evil and the surprising love that leads you to the light.

Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing, the second installment of the bestselling Österlen Murders, comes in at No. 5 on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction this week. The first installment, A House to Die For, grabs the No. 3 spot on the paperback list for the second consecutive week.

Netflix lands Russo brothers’ adaptation of Stålenhag’s ‘The Electric State’

Netflix has successfully acquired the rights to the film adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s graphic novel titled The Electric State, which will be directed by Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo. The screenplay is written by Endgame scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and leading the sci-fi drama film is Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who has been attached to the project since 2020.

The film is set in a retro-futuristic past, where an orphaned teenager (Brown) traverses the American West with a sweet but mysterious robot and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.

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Anders de la Motte’s ‘End of Summer’ becomes Viaplay Original drama

Viaplay will adapt the bestselling work of Swedish crime writer Anders de la Motte for the screen. The psychological thriller End of Summer, based on de la Motte’s hit novel of the same title, will premiere exclusively as a Viaplay Original in 2023 with an all-star cast to be revealed in due course. Written by Björn Carlström (Jägarna) and Stefan Thunberg (Wallander), End of Summer is directed by Jens Jonsson (Young Wallander) and Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge), and is produced by Harmonica Films with SF Studios and Film i Skåne as co-producers.

On a summer’s evening in 1984, a five-year-old boy vanishes in rural southern Sweden. The police investigation fails to find the truth, leaving behind rumours, suspicion and a grieving family. Twenty years later, the boy’s older sister Vera is leading a group therapy session in Stockholm, when a young man describes a strangely familiar childhood memory of a disappearance. A shaken Vera travels home to her fractured family to uncover, once and for all, what really happened in the summer that never ended.

Anders de la Motte: “It’s incredibly exciting that End of Summer will become a TV series. I’ve worked on this with Harmonica Films for a long time, and with Viaplay we’ve now made it happen. End of Summer is my first book to be filmed, and for personal reasons the story is very close to my heart. I’ve read the script and seen the cast list, and I’m very confident that this will be something really special.”

Filippa Wallestam, Viaplay Group Chief Content Officer: “Anders de la Motte’s novels have thrilled readers in more than 30 countries – and his compelling blend of suspense, psychology and character development will translate beautifully to the screen. The talents on both sides of the camera for this project are exceptional. Viewers across the Nordic region and internationally can already add End of Summer to their calendar as one of the highlights of Viaplay’s incredible slate for the coming years.”

Filming of the six-part series will begin shortly in and around Helsingborg in Sweden. End of Summer is produced by Harmonica Films’ Per Janérus, with Tim King at SF Studios and Helena Larand at Viaplay Group as executive producers. Worldwide sales are handled by Viaplay Content Distribution.

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Tove Eriksen Hillblom joins Salomonsson Agency

Tove Eriksen Hillblom is an acclaimed screenwriter with several hit series under her belt. She has a fondness for exploring the borderland between darkness and humor and poking at people’s inadequacies. Eriksen Hillblom has a background in advertising, having successfully worked as a copywriter and winning numerous international awards. Among else she has been awarded at Cannes Lions, the One Show, Eurobest, Epica and the Golden Egg Awards. At Cannes Lions she was also named one of twelve creative leaders of the future.

Having always dreamed of pursuing a career as a screenwriter and truly delve into her stories, she began writing for TV. 2014-2015 she wrote for the series Inte OK!, and in 2019 for the lauded TV show Solsidan. In 2020 she was head writer of the second and third season of the popular series SjölyckanInte OK!, Solsidan and Sjölyckan have all been nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at the Swedish TV Awards Kristallen.

2022 saw the premiere of the praised Vi i villa (Suburbia) on Discovery + for which Eriksen Hillblom was head writer. Vi i villa received fantastic reviews and was nominated for the prestigious 2022 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for outstanding writing on a Nordic Drama series.

Among Eriksen Hillblom’s coming projects is the TV series The Meaning of Life, currently in post-production, which she has created and written together with Maria Nygren.

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Tomas Tivemark joins Salomonsson Agency

Screenwriter and producer Tomas Tivemark has extensive experience in writing for film and TV. Throughout the years he has proved his versatility, skillfully moving between genres and writing everything from comedy to thrillers.

In 1995, Tivemark founded the successful production company Tre Vänner, together with Michael Hjort and Johan Kindblom. During his time at Tre Vänner, Tivemark co-created and wrote several hit TV series and films, including Bert (1994), Svensson, Svensson (1994-1996) and Cleo (2002-2003). Tre Vänner has been part of SF Studios since 2016.

Among Tivemark’s works in the crime genre you can find Jakten på en mördare (1999), Wallander: The Man Who Smiled (2003) and Wallander: One Step Behind (2005). Tivemark is also known for creating and writing family and children’s films, with notable titles including the beloved Bamse and the Thief City (2014), Bamse and the Thunderbell (2018) and The Lost Treasure of Aquila (2014).

2021 saw the premiere of Tivemark’s latest feature film A Christmas Tale, which received great reviews and was nominated in eight categories at the 2022 Guldbagge Awards.

‘Snabba Cash Season 2’ to premiere at Way Out West

Snabba Cash, Netflix’ successful and critically acclaimed Swedish original series, will have its second season exclusive world premiere at the Swedish festival Way Out West August 11-13 followed by a global release on Netflix in the fall of 2022.

Snabba Cash Season 2 is written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, who also are the creators and show runners of the series. Lisa Farzaneh and Måns Månsson are also directors for the second season. Aron Levander and Mona Masri joins as episode writers. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series.