Norwegian Film Institute allocates nearly $4m to new projects, including the lastest Twigson installment.

Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) is supporting the adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters and the third film in Twigson franchise.

The institute has allocated $1.8m (NOK10.5m) of production funding to Headhunters, the first big screen adaptation of a Nesbø novel. The $4.4m (NOK16.2m) film is being produced by Friland in collaboration with Sweden’s Yellow Bird, which made the Millennium trilogy.

Scripted by Ulf Ryberg and Lars Gudmestad, Headhunters will shoot from August and will be directed by Morten Tyldum, who was nominted for five Amanda awards for his Varg Veum thriller Fallen Angels (Falne Engler).

The film is about a rich headhunter who funds his life by stealing art and is preparing for his biggest heist yet. It will be released by Nordisk Filmdistribusjon will release the film on 26 August, 2011.

The NFI has also allocated $1.7m (NOK10.3m) for Twigson in Trouble (Knerten I Knipe), the third installment in Paradox’s series of children’s films from Anne-Cath Vestly’s books. It will be directed by Arild Østin Ommundsen.

Kristin Skogheim will write the screenplay, and Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B Kvae will produce the $3.5m (NOK20.7m) feature, which will lense from 3 May. Scanbox has scheduled the domestic release for 23 September, 2011.