Sacha Gervasi to adapt Jo Nesbø’s HEADHUNTERS

Deadline is reporting that Sacha Gervasi will be handling writing duties for the English language version of Jo Nesbø’s HEADHUNTERS.

Headhunters introduces us to the charming villain Roger Brown, a man who seems to have it all: he is Norway’s most successful headhunter, married to the beautiful gallery owner Diana, owns a magnificent house – and is living larger than he should. Meanwhile, he is playing at the dangerous game of art theft. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to the Dutchman Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for the CEO position of the GPS company Pathfinder that Roger Brown is recruiting for; he is also in possession of ”The Calydonian Boar Hunt” by Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in modern art history. Roger sees his chance to become financially independent, and starts planning his biggest hit ever. But soon, he runs into trouble – and it’s not financial problems that are threatening to knock him over this time… The winding, explosive plot takes us from society’s financial and industrial elite to an underworld of contract killers and swindlers, offering Nesbo’s variations on the most spectacular murders, car chases and escapes that the genre has to offer on the way.

Any and all money that Jo makes from HEADHUNTERS, including film rights, goes to the Harry Hole Foundation, a charity that Jo set up in 2008. The Harry Hole Foundation is dedicated to reducing illiteracy among children in the third world.

Gervasi wrote/directed the award-winning documentary ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL as well as having written the screenplays for THE TERMINAL and HENRY’S CRIME. His next project is MY DINNER WITH HERVE (Based on the life of badass dwarven actor Hervé Villechaize) for which he is writer/director.