HBO Nordic Greenlights 'Pele The Conqueror' Series

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‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ writer Rasmus Heisterberg will adapt the Danish literary classic, the basis for an Oscar-winning film, into an 8-part limited series.

HBO Nordic has ordered a limited drama series based on the Danish literary classic Pelle the Conqueror, the work by writer Martin Andersen Nexo which was the basis of Bille August’s Oscar-winning film of the same name.

Screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg, who penned the scripts to the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, will be head writer on the Pele the Conqueror series, which will be based on volumes 2-4 of Nexo’s magnum opus.

Pele the Conqueror is planned as a 8-hour limited series. Per Fly, the Swedish director of Waltz for Monica, will be the concept director for the series. Bille August’s film, which starred Pelle Hvenegaard and Max von Sydow, was based on volume one of the series. The film won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1987 en route to an Oscar win for best foreign-language film in 1989.

SAM Productions, the Scandinavian production group controlled by StudioCanal, will produce the series, headed up by SAM’s Meta Louise Foldager.

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