Swedish actors Claudia Galli and Richard Ulfsäther have landed the lead roles in The Fjällbacka Murders (Fjällbackamorden), based on the characters in Swedish author Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling thrillers, which Tre Vänner will film as 10 90-minute television films and two theatrical feature, on approximately $46.7 million (SEK 282 million) budget for the first two seasons.
”To me it is a dream cast. I see Claudia and Richard as the new hot film couple about to conquer Sweden and the world,” said producer Helen Ahlsson, of Tre Vänner. ”This is one of the largest Scandinavian film projects ever, which I think will become a flagship within cosy crime.”
Läckberg’s novel series about Erica Falck and her husband, Patrik Hedström, has sold 3.4 million copies domestically, totalling eight million worldwide, translated into 35 countries. ”I think one of the reasons is that readers have really taken Erica and Patrik to heart,” explained Läckberg.
Tre Vänner, which launched the Easy Money (Snabba Cash) franchise, will produce the 12 films with Swedish state broadcaster, SVT, Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst, and Denmark’s Nordisk Film. Principal photography will commence in August.
Carried on to the screen when she was three, Galli has performed in such TV series as Svensson, Svensson, Parliament and most recently Strong Men (Starke man). Ulfsäther also had his break on television, in Playa del Sol; feature credits includeDarling, Patrik 1.6, and Nobel’s Testament.
Oscar-nominated for a short, Swedish director Marcus Olsson will helm the first two television movies, set in and around Läckberg’s birthplace, a small town on the Swedish west coast. The first feature will be adapted from her 2007 novel, The German Child (Tyskungen).
The Fjällbacka Murders will be executive produced by Tre Vänner’s Michael Hjorth.Nordisk Film holds Scandinavian distribution rights, while TrustNordisk started the international sales drive at the European Film Market in Berlin, licensing, among others, the Benelux to Lumiere. TrustNordisk will also be talking to buyers at the Cannes Marche, and Lackberg herself is expected to attend Cannes.