Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) has signed on to direct a Swedish adaptation of best selling crime novel The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

This is the first Swedish film in 24 years that Lasse Hallström will direct, and is the first in a planned franchise based on Lars Kepler's Detective Joona Linna series, which are most successful Swedish crime novels worldwide after Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy.

In the novel, Detective Linna investigates a grisly triple homicide where the only survivor, a young boy, is too traumatized to testify. Linna convinces a famous psychologist, against his better judgment, to hypnotize the boy, setting off a terrifying chain of events.

Lasse Hallström will begin shooting this winter for a planned 2012 release in Sweden.