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Six season TV-series for Jorn Lier Horst’s William Wisting – from the man behind Wallander

Award-winning Sandstone author Jorn Lier Horst has partnered with Cinenord and the Danish production company Good Company Films to bring Chief Inspector William Wisting to life. The series will be based on the five novels which Sandstone Press has published: Dregs, Closed for Winter, The Hunting Dogs, The Caveman and Ordeal, plus the novel preceding Dregs. The budget is estimated to be around 100 million kronor, roughly £8 million.

Ole Sondegard of Good Company Films is the man behind both the British and Swedish version of Wallander, the Millennium trilogy and the Beck series. Recording will begin in late autumn of 2017, and the character of William Wisting has yet to be cast. The finished series will have English subtitles, and will be sold internationally. Lier Horst is already an internationally bestselling author. The Wisting series has been sold to 25 countries, and has sold over 1 million copies in Norway alone.

Jorn Lier Horst says, ‘There are good people who are going to work with this. I look forward to seeing William Wisting come to life.’ The series will be a character-driven thriller with Wisting in the center, aided by the police team. Central to the series is also the relationship between William Wisting and daughter Line, who works as a criminal reporter. Lier Horst has been praised for his detailed and credible portrayal of both the police and of journalism. Key to the series is a sense of place: ‘It is important that action takes place in Larvik Stavern area of Norway. The place is a character in itself,’ says Lier Horst.

Sandstone Press Managing Director Robert Davidson says, ‘I am thrilled to hear this news about the William Wisting Series. Not only is Jorn Lier Horst one of the hardest working authors in the business, and one of the most talented, he is also a supremely decent guy. We have been working with Jorn, and his Norwegian publisher Gyldendal, and translator Anne Bruce, for five titles now and all of these will be dramatised. The viewing public has a great treat in store, as has the reading public whose attention is going to be drawn to the amazing writing of Jorn Lier Horst even more strongly.’

Sandstone Press holds World English Language rights for their five Jorn Lier Horst titles. Ordeal has been sold to St Martin’s Press in North America and agreement has been reached with Affirm Press for all five titles in ANZ. Sandstone Press is represented by David Segrue Ltd.

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Jorn Lier Horst’s internationally bestselling William Wisting series is published in the UK by Sandstone Press. He has won many awards (including the Norwegian bookstores Prize 2011, Vestfold Literature Prize 2012, Riverton Award 2012, Glass Key Award in 2013, The Golden Revolver in 2013, Martin Beck Award given by the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy 2014). He has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award for the third time this year.

The Salomonsson Agency representing Jorn Lier Horst, will collaborate on this initiative, with Julia Angelin and Jorn Lier Horst as Executive Producer.

The Swedish-based Salomonsson Agency represens about 40 Nordic novelists, crime writers, children's authors and narrative nonfiction authors in the world, as well as selected scriptwriters.

Cinenord DRAMA was established by Silje Hopland Eik and Alexander Eik in 2015 and is part of Cinenord previously produced successes like Varg Veum and Karsten and Petra. Cinenord has the last 11 years produced and co-produced 25 feature films and two TV series and is one of the largest manufacturing companies.

GOOD COMPANY FILMS is an independent Copenhagen-based film production company that was founded in 2014 by Ole Sondberg, Vibeke Windelov, Stinnes Lassen and Anni Faurby Fernandez. Together, the team has worked on many of the greatest successes in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, among other Headhunters, Occupied, Millennium series, Wallander, The Team, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville and Breaking the Waves.

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