If you’re a fan of author Hans Rosenfeldt’s popular noir novel When Crying Wolf then 2021 may just be your year according to a recently published piece in Variety, which promises a television adaptation of the moody story.
Rosenfeldt – himself no stranger to the land of television via his work as head writer of the Nordic watercooler show Broen (translated in English as The Bridge) and the Netflix and ITV Emmy darling Marcella – now has the honor of seeing his freshman novel When Crying Wolf developed for television courtesy of TV powerhouses CMore Entertainment and TV4, although at press time it was not made clear whether Rosenfeldt would be involved in any way with the adaptation itself.
When Crying Wolf is the first book in a planned series that tells the story of policeman Hannah Wester who is on the trail of a suspected killer connected with the drug trade after human remains are discovered in a wolf near Sweden’s frozen border zone shared with Finland. Prior to When Crying Wolf, Rosenfeldt had established his name in the literary world with six crime novels co-penned with fellow author Michael Hjorth. This new solo novel is unique in just how quickly it has captured the eye of the pop cultural maelstrom: The novel itself was only just released this past September and has already added an impressive sell to 25 countries; warp speed, anyone?
In a press release, Rosenfeldt praised the upcoming adaptation of his breakthrough noir novel: “The story means a lot to me and I am truly excited to, in a creative collaboration, return to Haparanda, showcase Hannah Wester, Katja and the other characters from the book to a different platform and hopefully reach an even bigger audience on a global scale.”
“Hans has a long track record of creating captivating stories for an international and Swedish audience. He is an amazing author, one of the best in the world in his field,” the drama director of TV4 and CMore –Josefine Tengblad – said in her own press release.
TV4 and CMore’s upcoming adaptation of When Crying Wolf represents a strengthening of their mutual dramatic programming and will join tonally similar projects the two are already well known for such as Agent Hamilton and the upcoming Agatha Christie’s Sven Hjerson.
In explaining their modus operandi, the head of scripted content for the Nordics and Baltics at CMore and TV4 Piodor Gustafsson said that “We want to collaborate with the best creators and, by virtue of acquiring the rights to the best material to TV4 and CMore, speed up the process of transforming their stories into series.”