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Mar 25th
09:43 pm
News on Possible Project from LA Times  
Studios seek to snag Swedish sizzler 'Snabba'
Steven Zeitchik

EXCLUSIVE: Unless you're a particularly voracious cineaste, you've probably never heard of "Snabba Cash," a piece of Stockholm-set, Swedish-language noir that was all the rage at the Berlin Film Festival this year (although it is fun to say the title aloud).

But the movie created a stir there, first launching a feeding frenzy among Hollywood talent agencies and management companies to sign director Daniel Espinosa, with UTA and Magnolia Entertainment winning the battle, and then creating an almost equally intense bidding war among several studios to land remake rights.

Now, the remake race appears to be nearing its conclusion, with Warner Bros. in the lead position to land English-language rights. The studio is eyeing the project as a potential producing and starring vehicle for Zac Efron, who recently signed an overall deal with the studio.

No remake deal is in place yet, but the film's Swedish producers are set to fly to the U.S., and negotiating wrinkles could be worked out over the coming days between the studio and Hollywood attorney Linda Lichter, who is representing the rights.

The movie, whose title translates as "Fast Cash" and which is based on Jens Lapidus' bestselling novel (in Sweden), tells an overlapping story of gangsters and other colorful miscreants. The main character, nicknamed JW (Joel Kinnaman) is a young man who leads a double life as an ordinary taxi driver and a runner for a coke dealer.

Until recently, Swedish crime fiction isn't a genre that's generated much awareness stateside. But with Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" becoming a bestseller, and a global blockbuster movie based on the book just now a limited release here, that's starting to change -- almost as fast, perhaps, as you can say "Snabba Cash."
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Shruticalcified on March 26th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
kekeke I love itttttttttttt
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 26th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
be still my swedish heart.
Shruticalcified on March 26th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
IceGoddess: why so serious dirty little secretccmskatechick on March 26th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Yes yes yes please - this, if done well & translated correctly, could be pretty amazing
JacobJunior: snlsalutespicegalaxy on March 26th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
yum I love the Swedes.
summertime: pic#99067411carol_rio on March 26th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Oh interesting..
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on March 26th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
oh very interesting!!!!!!
nahbruhbeeonkaa on March 26th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
~she's a runner && a ripper

UHM I DIGG THIS. Swedish noir - C, have you seen this? :P
Shruti: Efs | Skirtingcalcified on March 26th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
She's a shitty Scandinavian (that will be my JJ title for when Cady finds the fame).
nahbruhbeeonkaa on March 26th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)

So I was reading Cinematical's take on it, apparently the original, which was just released three months ago, is becoming a franchise - two sequels just got greenlit in Sweden.

Should be interesting though. The only English-language remake of a foreign-film I can think of that was commercially viable && also critically acclaimed was The Departed.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on March 26th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
um, what?
Bee: Zac - GQ - Jumping on Car 1jeezbee on March 26th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
What a nice surprise coming online.

I love that the WB is really trying to find good material for Zac and given the source and the wording of the article, it sounds like it's pretty likely to happen.

There is an interesting article at Cinematical about the original. And here is a subtitled trailer of the Swedish version:

I guess they would be going a bit younger - the Swedish lead is 30. But this material would certainly help him getting away from his Disney image.

Edited at 2010-03-26 11:56 am (UTC)
jessica3311: Beatlesjessica3311 on March 26th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I can dig this...esp the gangster storyline!
zaccy23zaccy23 on March 26th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Isabelabelaserpa on March 26th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
It seems like an interesting movie!
I guess this deal is working! :D
germangirl89germangirl89 on March 26th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
well looks definaly interesting... hope something works out!
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Laughaudrey_za on March 26th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
A runner for a cocaína dealer?!

Nah, I'm j/k- I kinda just felt like saying cocaína, lol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m2baoEQHnw&
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on March 26th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
have you all seeen this? 1 of 7.

It's really interesting.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 27th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
i haven't seen it yet. but i'll have to watch it. thanks.
snowwhiteangsnowwhiteang on March 27th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I am slightly freaked out that I wrote a fanfiction about Zac a month ago in which he is a taxi driver/ embezzler....

But by the by, this sounds great, if true :)