Director Tomas Alfredson first caught Hollywood’s attention due to the worldwide success of his Swedish language horror film Let The Right One In. And he inched even closer to global notoriety by making Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with the UK based company Studio Canal and a bevy of Britain’s top acting talent. One would think that whatever the director is doing next would be a much-hyped affair, but mum has been the word up until this point as to what Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor follow-up is going to be.
Some news out of Sweden might soon put an end to everyone’s speculations, however. Apparently Alfredson has acquired the rights to Astrid Lindgren’s novel “The Brothers Lionheart,” with the intentions of turning it into a feature film. Lindgren, who many people know as the author of the Pippi Longstocking books, first published “The Brothers Lionheart” back in 1973. It’s a fantastical tale about a couple of brothers named Jonatan and Karl who end up having adventures in a adventure-ridden afterlife realm called Nangiyala. Despite the fact that it deals with death and illness and is generally pitch black material as far as a children’s story goes, “The Brothers Lionheart” has been successful all over the world, and has even already spawned a 1977 Swedish film that was directed by Olle Helbom.
It’s not yet confirmed that Alfredson intends on directing this project himself, but seeing as he has his Let The Right One In collaborator John Ajvide Lindqvist adapting the story into a screenplay, conclusions can be jumped to. The real question still lingering around whether or not The Brothers Lionheart will officially become his next film is probably whether or not he’s able to put together the financing to get it off the ground. In a movie-making environment as apprehensive to making challenging material as this one is, that may be a task that’s easier said than done. [DN, via The Playlist]