EXCLUSIVE: Hard-core fans of HBO sensation "Game of Thrones" will know the name Brian Kirk -- he directed several key episodes in the first season, including the well-regarded "The Wolf and the Lion." Now he'll get a crack at a different beloved genre piece.
Kirk is coming aboard to direct the American remake of Icelandic crime drama "Jar City," according to a person familiar with the production who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.
Based on an Icelandic bestseller, the 2006 film was an art house and festival-circuit hit. Kirk is now attached to direct the film and negotiations are underway to hammer out the legalities, the person said.
The original “Jar City” was a strongly reviewed crime thriller in which a detective investigates a new murder he believes is linked to an unsolved rape 30 years before. The film has echoes of another cold-case-in-a-cold-place tale, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," of course also an art-house darling that received a big Hollywood redo.