Big man on campus Martin Scorsese is just about done working on his upcoming film Hugo, so it’s about time that he figures out what his next project is going to be. To that end, he’s reportedly been circling around a potential film called The Snowman, which is set to be an adaptation of a Jo Nesbo novel of the same name. Nesbo is a Norwegian author known primarily for mystery stories and children’s books whose Harry Hole series has sold more than 5 million copies.

The Snowman is the seventh book in a series of them about detective Harry Hole (I definitely recommend turning on your safesearch before researching these novels). Hole is one of those drunken, self-destructive detective archetypes who is always close to be thrown off the force because of his behavior, but ultimately kept around because he gets things done. The Snowman is  a serial killer story that starts off with missing woman’s pink scarf found wrapped around the neck of a creepy snowman. I don’t know exactly what would make a snowman creepy, but the story is set in Oslo, and they probably have a lot more kinds of snowmen there than we do here in the Windy City. I picture it as being snowy.

Matthew Michael Carnahan is in talks to pen the adaptation. You might recognize his name from his work on Peter Berg’s The Kingdom, or perhaps from State of Play. He also did adaptation work on the upcoming Brad Pitt zombie epic World War Z. If Scorsese’s involvement in this project becomes official, then one would imagine that development would suddenly start moving at a quicker pace and Carnahan’s deal would become official as well. All signs apparently point to this one coming together soon though, or so says Variety.

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