Patrick Nebout’s Skyverse adapts ‘The Scream’, seeks int’l co-pro partners

Patrick Nebout

Stockholm-based production company Skyverse Nordic is seeking French and international co-pro partners for its adaptation of Nicolas Beuglet’s 2015 novel, The Scream (Le Cri).

The book, which is the first in a trilogy of novels by Beuglet, is being developed as a 6 x 60-minute thriller. It explores the mysterious death of a man who is found strangled with his mouth open, mid-scream, and tracks the investigation from Oslo to Paris to the Ascension Islands.

Patrick Nebout’s Skyverse Nordic is now looking to attach directing/writing talent to the project, which will be developed within a writer’s room led by a French-Swedish team of creative producers.

These include Nebout, Skyverse creative producer Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared) and Guillaume Lubrano (The Cell).

The Scream starts off as a creepy Nordic Noir, but soon morphs into something that’s more epic in terms of genre — and more international — as the action moves from Norway, to Paris and the South Atlantic,” says Nebout.

“The narrative mixes conspiracy and chilling adventure with Da Vinci Code vibes. But in addition to all that, it’s a story that makes you reflect on the things that really matter — like where we come from, where we’re going and how, morally and spiritually, we want to get there.”

The Scream was followed in 2018 by The Alliance (Complot) and, in 2019, by Devil’s Island (L’Ile du Diable). All novels are published by Paris-based XO Editions.

Skyverse Nordic was founded in 2022 after Nebout left Beta Film-backed Dramacorp. Its slate includes Cold War dramedy Whiskey On The Rocks, which has SVT attached. The company is a division of Sparkling, a sister company to Los Angeles- and Paris-based Humanoids.

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