Icelandic Hollywood film producer Sigurjón Sighvatsson, whose portfolio boasts more than 40 movies and television series, has secured the movie rights to Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s 2010 crime thriller Ég man thig (“I remember you”).
The author and her publisher, Pétur Már Ólafsson at Veröld, were guests on RÚV’s Rás 2 radio morning show yesterday. Ólafsson said he had been certain from the start that the book would be filmed but had decided not to accept any offers until the book had been translated to English.
“But when a man who has worked with Robert De Niro, Nicholas Cage and Natalie Portman comes calling, you pick up the phone, don’t you?” he said.
The work on the screenplay has begun but many things are still undecided. It is possible that the film will be shot in Iceland and that parts of it, or even the entire film, will be in the Icelandic language.
“What appeals to Sigurjón is namely the Icelandic landscape. That is what makes it so special […] but naturally, at the same time, the story itself knows no national borders,” Ólafsson continued. “So what he sees in it is a uniquely Icelandic, international thriller.”
Sigurdardóttir herself said she will not be involved in the adaptation—she has complete faith in the screenplay writers. “It is a special genre of writing,” she explained. “But I look forward to reading it and mostly I look forward to seeing the movie.”
According to visir.is, Sighvatsson has hired Icelandic screenplay writer Ottó Geir Borg for the job.
One of the films Sighvatsson has produced, Wild at Heart (1990), as directed by David Lunch, earned the Golden Palm in Cannes.
In addition to the aforementioned actors, Sighvatsson has worked with Hollywood big shots such as Harrison Ford and Jeff Bridges.
He is currently wrapping up the making of The Killer Elite starring De Niro and Clive Owen. The film is scheduled to premiere in the fall.
Sighvatsson is not the first film producer to express interest in Sigurdardóttir’s stories. The German film production company TeamWorx Television & Film GmbH bought the movie rights to her latest novel to have been released in English, Ashes to Dust (2007), as announced late last year.
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