The next guy to have his hands on Arnaldur Indriðason’s Jar City will be Brian Kirk, who’s been tapped to direct a second film version of the best-selling Inspector Erlendur novel.
Does Kirk know his way around crime stuff? You be the judge. His directing credits include episodes of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Luther, and Dexter, which sound legit to us.
Naturally, since there already is an Icelandic film version of Jar City, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the new version is being billed as an “American remake.” This is all fresh news, so stars and such have not been determined, but we have reason to expect good things.
The 2012 Mark Wahlberg film Contraband was an “American remake” of Arnaldur Indriðason’s Reykjavik-Rotterdam and that turned out pretty well for everyone involved. And the 2000 novel Jar City (which has also been released in English as Tainted Blood) is a fast-moving police procedural that hooked the world on Icelandic crime.
Read more in this piece from the Los Angeles Times, and forgive their inevitable comparison of Jar City with that tattooed girl.