Gaghan Adapting Evert Backstrom Novels

“Traffic” screenwriter Stephen Gaghan has been hired to turn some of Leif G.W. Persson’s Swedish novels into a hour-long drama which Fox will develop and premiere next year reports The Live Feed.

Persson, a former professor of criminology, has penned two books – 2005’s Linda and 2008’s He Who Kills the Dragon – and is working on a third about the character of Evert Backstrom, a “cynical, racist, sexist and homophobic cop with a drinking problem who is disliked by many of his colleagues”.

The project joins a growing trend of Scandanavian crime thrillers getting U.S. and/or U.K. produced adaptations such as Sony’s upcoming “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, the BBC’s Kenneth Branagh-led adaptations of the “Wallander” books, and AMC’s remake of “The Killing”.