Oplev is directing the first part as both a feature film and as 2 x 90 minute TV episodes. The second and third books will be made solely for TV as two 2 x 90 minute TV episodes.
'It's too big a job to do all of it,' Oplev commented.
Shooting begins in two weeks. An all-star Scandinavian cast is being assembled. Naomi Rapace will play the female character. Michael Nyqvist will play the journalist protagonist. Other names will be announced shortly. Leading Danish writers Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolai Arcel (King's Game) have scripted the first part of the project.
'I wanted to pull in the best to do this script because it's a really big commercial story and everybody read the damned book,' Oplev commented.
The producer is Soren Staermose of Stockholm based Yellow Bird with Swedish Television, German ZDF Enterprises Nordisk Film and TV2 in Norway among the other backers. The three films have an overall budget of Eu12m. Directors of the two sequels are yet to be confirmed.
The idea is to release Men Who Hate Women theatrically in early 2009. The
cinema release will be simultaneous in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland
Worlds Apart opens in 50 cinemas in Denmark later this month. Nordisk is handling the release and selling the film here.