The US studio is in negotiations for film and television rights to Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo’s crime novel, a 2million-plus bestseller that is already the subject of a Nordic co-production.

It is understood that Yellow Bird, the Swedish producers behind the blockbuster Millennium trilogy and a co-producer with Norway’s Friland on the upcoming Scandinavian release of Headhunters (Hodejegerne), are on board to produce.

The story follows a corporate headhunter who gets caught up in a murderous scheme due to his penchant for stealing art from the homes of his applicants.

Summit’s involvement in the English-language adaptation reaffirms the allure of Scandinavian crime properties.

Nesbo (pictured) will be familiar to US readers following the publication last month of his Harry Hole detective novel The Snowman (Snomannen), which made it to No. 10 on the New York Times bestseller list.

TrustNordisk is handling international sales on Morten Tyldum’s previously announced Nordic adaptation of Headhunters and has licensed rights in more than 25 territories.

That version is set to open in Scandinavia through Nordisk Film Distribusjon on Aug 26, while the US distributor Magnolia Pictures plans a release later this year.