Icelandic crime writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s new novel Gildran (Trapped) was published to much acclaim a few weeks ago and translation rights have also been sold to publishers Éditions Métailié in France and Font in Norway.
Now movie rights have also been sold after a bidding battle between five filmmakers, with Icelandic producer Sigurjón Sighvatsson of Los Angeles-based Palomar Pictures emerging as the successful bidder.
Palomar is no newcomer to screen adaptations of novels, having produced the David Lynch film of Barry Gifford’s Wild at Heart, which was awarded a Golden Palm at Cannes in 1990 and the 2014 film version of Swedish author Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Filming of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s (no relation to Lilja) I Remember You is also currently in progress.
According to Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s publisher, Forlagid, he picked up the book during a brief visit to Iceland, read it on the flight back to the US and was in touch with Forlagid’s rights department with an offer for the movie rights as soon as the plane landed.
Trapped is an unusual crime novel, set in a world of smuggling, drugs, big money and intrigue during the aftermath of Iceland’s financial crash.