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BBC to film adaptation of Mankell's Return of the Dancing Master
Posted 2005-06-18
Henning Mankell's The Return of the Dancing MasterHenning Mankell attended a press conference with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) to announce an agreement to begin production of an English-language film based on Mankell's crime novel, The Return of the Dancing Master (Danslärarens återkomst). The film will be shot at the Ystad Studios facilities in partnership with Sweden's Yellow Bird Films AB.

The BBC will bring some English cast and crew to Ystad to work on the project alongside Swedish film workers. My understanding is that this is planned to be a two or three part series. According to Julia Svensson, writing for the Ystads Allehanda newspaper, Ed Whitmore will be working on the script during the autumn of 2005 and filming should start in March or April of 2006.

Ole Söndberg and Lars Björkman of Yellow Bird Films were at the press conference. These two have been involved in many of the recent and older films in the Wallander series as well as the Martin Beck series. Hopefully with their help, the BBC will be able to keep their film true to Mankell's vision.