Scanbox, Rob Heydon Productions line up 'Last Rituals' (exclusive)
Scanbox chairman and CEO Joni Sighvatsson and Toronto producer Rob Heydon are moving ahead on the six-part Nordic Noir series Last Rituals based on the Icelandic ‘Thora’ mysteries.
The partners have earmarked a first quarter 2018 start on the Canada-Iceland co-production based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s first book in the series, 2005 global hit Last Rituals. The storyfollows Thora Gudmundsdottir, a single mother and lawyer in Reykjavik who moonlights as a detective.
Los Angeles-based Sighvatsson (pictured at left) acquired the rights several years ago and is developing with Rob Heydon Productions, Canadian broadcaster CHCH, and Telemunchen, which holds German rights and serves as international sales agent on the series.
”This will be a book adaptation set and produced in Iceland in English language,” Sighvatsson said. “There’s not been a female-driven, worldwide hit Scandinavian crime story in some time. We think this material is quite unique. It’s a procedural with a much more humanistic element.”
The Icelandic native produced this year’s Icelandic smash I Remember You, another Sigurdardottir adaptation that ranks as the fourth highest local release of all time and sold 50,000 tickets in a country of 330,000. He served as executive producer on current US release Wind River, and his many producer credits include Killer Elite and K-19: The Widowmaker.
Heydon (pictured at right) said he expected interior shoots and post-production to take part in Canada. Heydon and Sighvatsson collaborated on upcoming horror film The Wanting for Lakeshore Entertainment.
The Canadian, who served as executive producer on recent Toronto Midnight Madness selection The Crescent and produced Irving Welsh adaptation Ecstasy, is ramping up at his Toronto company and has brought on Duane Murray as vice-president of development.
“Duane’s writing and producing experience and knowledge of story and character have already had a tremendous effect on our development properties,” Heydon said.
Upcoming releases from Rob Heydon Productions include The Wanting 2, The Babe, Bardo, and The Devil Knows Your Name.
Adam Brody And Amanda Crew To Star In ‘The Wanting’
Adam Brody and Amanda Crew have been set to topline psychological thriller The Wanting from director Robert Heydon. Shooting for the film began today in Toronto.
Said to be in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, The Wanting is about an all-American couple whose dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into the perfect New England neighborhood. Once settled, they soon after descend into the depths of terror as they struggle to survive a genuine threat from a dark presence that appears to want to end their very lives.
Rob Heydon is producing the adapted screenplay from Donald Martin (Milton’s Secret). Sid Ganis and Joni Sighvatsson are the Executive Producers.
Brody is perhaps best known for his turn as Seth Cohen in Fox’s teen drama The O.C. Currently, he stars in the Sony Crackle series StartUp and will be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. release CHiPs. He is repped by UTA.
Crew co-stars in HBO’s Silicon Valley. Her past film credits include Charlie St. Cloud, Sex Drive, and The Age of Adeline. She is repped by UTA, Vickie Petronio at Play Management, and the attorneys at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.
by Amanda N'Duka September 26, 2016 10:46am