Zentropa Productions just released an atmospheric teaser for The Keeper Of Lost Causes, the first installment in its Department Q franchise. Based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the Danish-language films focus on a chief detective who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel adapted the books for the trilogy. Mikkel Nørgaard (Klown), who just signed with WME in Cannes, is director. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty), Sonja Richter (The Homesman) and A Royal Affair‘s Mikkel Boe Folsgaard star. An October 3 release is set for Scandinavia with the pic likely to turn up on the fall festival circuit. Sales outfit TrustNordisk inked several deals off of a promo reel in Berlin and last month screened a rough cut for buyers in Cannes. Nørgaard directs the second picture in the series, The Absent One, in September:
EXCLUSIVE: Dreamworks has set Nikolaj Arcel to direct Rebecca, a remake of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film. The picture, which has a script draft by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight, is being produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
Arcel is coming off A Royal Affair, a film that was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, about the queen of an erratic king of Denmark who carries on with her husband’s private doctor in a dangerous affair. Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg also scripted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, the original Rebecca focused on a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and moves into his mansion, only to discover that the memory of the first wife is maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. It starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, and it won the Best Picture Oscar. Arcel and Heisterberg are also attached to helm and write an adaptation of the Don Winslow bestseller The Power Of The Dog, which is expected to be their next film. Rebecca would follow.
There will likely be one quick rewrite, but Arcel’s hire has young actresses already beginning to circle the film. Arcel is repped by WME and United Agents.