‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Director Tomas Alfredson Buys Rights for ‘The Brothers Lionheart’

The Brothers LionheartMovie rumblings for director Tomas Alfredson have been exceptionally lacking following his acclaimed success with his 2011 re-imagining of cold war thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  However, he may be ready to get back into the helming seat with a new project.  Alfredson has just purchased the rights to The Brothers Lionheart (Bröderna Lejonhjärta), a children’s fantasy novel written by Astrid Lindgren.  Along with producer Peter Pjodor Gustafsson, and Let The Right One In screenplay writer John Ajvide Lindqvist who is penning the script, the director is developing the project with an estimated budget of $30 Million.

The Brothers Lionheart tells the story of two brothers who die in childhood but are reunited in the fantastical land of Nangijala. Now free from ailments and injuries, the brothers settle into their new home in The Cherry Valley but quickly learn that the idyllic world is under threat by a Dragon summoning tyrant known as Tengil, from the Thorn Rose Valley (Törnrosdalen) on the other side of the mountains. Brothers Jonathan and Karl set off for the Thorn Rose Valley in an effort to confront the evil overlord.

This isn’t the first time the book has been adapted for the screen. In 1977, director Olle Hellborn brought his version of the story to life, starring Lars Söderdahl, Staffan Götestam, Allan Edwall, Gunn Wållgren, Folke Hjort and Georg Årlin.  Although Tomas Alfredson is not currently attached to direct any projects, whether or not he’ll take the directors chair on the Brothers Lionheart has not been confirmed.

Here’s the official The Brothers Lionheart book synopsis from Lindgren’s novel.

There’s no one Karl Lion loves more than his older brother, Jonathan, who is brave, strong, and handsome – everything Karl believes he is not. Karl never wants to be parted from him. But Karl is sick, and knows he’s going to die. To comfort him, Jonathan tells him stories of Nangiyala, the wonderful place he’ll be going to when he dies, and where he will wait until Jonathan is ready to join him there. Then the unthinkable happens …Jonathan is killed in an accident. Heartbroken, Karl longs for the day he’ll be reunited with his brother. When the time comes, he finds Nangiyala just as wonderful as he’d imagined. However, Nangiyala is under threat. A cruel tyrant is determined to claim it as his own, and at his command is a terrible beast that is feared throughout the land. Karl must summon all of his courage to help his brother prepare for the battle that lies ahead …’I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child’ Francesca Simon, author of the ‘Horrid Henry’ books. Amazon

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  • Zac

    This was a favourite childhood book of mine, and Alfredson, I think, is an absolutely marvellous director (like Cuaron, he manages to create sublime atmospheric auras in his films without sacrificing character). If this film gets made, it will be something very special.