Lasse Hallstrom Shoots “The Hypnotist”

Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Dear John”) is set to direct his first Swedish film in 24 years with an adaptation of the best selling crime novel “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler says The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is the first in a planned franchise based on the Detective Joona Linna series, arguably the most successful and/or well-known Swedish crime novel series worldwide outside of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (ie. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) and Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander books.

In this novel, Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.

Hallstrom will begin shooting this winter for a planned 2012 release in Sweden. Borje Hansson, Bertil Ohlsson and Peter Possne will produce.