It's boom time for Sweden in Hollywood. The "Millennium" trilogy, the cult vampire hit, "Let the right one in" and gangster drama "Snabba cash" have been big box office, leading the Hollywood moguls to fight for the rights for the lucrative american language remakes. In a Radio Sweden Holiday special, we'll be looking at why Swedish films, and their directors and stars are hot in Hollywood right now, what this means for the film industry back home and asking the question , how long can it all last?
America film critic and editor for acidemic.com and other film journals, Erich Kuersten, gives his viewpoint on why Sweden has taken Hollywood by storm.
Michael Hjorth, executive producer at TV and Film production company Tre Vänner, told how their Daniel Espinosa directed Swedish smash hit Snabba cash, adapted from Jens Lapidus' best seller about a young financier living a double life in the capital as a drugs runner, had Hollywood scrambling for the phone to acquire the rights for a multi million dollar english language remake
The late Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy is a publishing phenomenon with sales reaching 50 million worldwide. The Swedish film versions of "the girl with the dragon tattoo" "the girl who played with fire" and "the girl who kicked the hornets nest" have received a global audience grossing over 200 million dollars worldwide, the biggest ever gross for a Swedish film . Outside the offices of Yellow Bird, the production company which made the films, producer Sören Staermose explained how they bought the rights to Stieg Larsson's books before they were published and told of how they developed a vision of how the films would look