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'Royal Affair' Team and Shane Salerno Take on Winslow's Drug-War Epic 'Power of the Dog'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 1, 2013 at 1:02PM

Nikolaj Arcel, director of foreign Oscar nominatee "A Royal Affair," and Rasmus Heisterberg, who penned the script, are set to adapt Don Winslow's epic besteller "The Power of the Dog." The two previously collaborated on scripting the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
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Nikolaj Arcel
Nikolaj Arcel

Nikolaj Arcel, director of foreign Oscar nominatee "A Royal Affair," and Rasmus Heisterberg, who penned the script, are set to adapt Don Winslow's epic besteller "The Power of the Dog." The two previously collaborated on scripting the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Winslow's novel follows a 30-year struggle between a dogged drug enforcement agent and family of cartel lords in Mexico. Arcel will helm, as well as co-write with Heisterberg and Shane Salerno.  Earlier this week Salerno made news as he is the co-author of the upcoming biography "The Private Hell of J.D. Salinger," as well as the director of documentary "Salinger" which was picked up by PBS (it will air as part of "American Masters" in early 2014.)

Salerno is familiar with Winslow's material; he adapted 2012's "Savages" for Oliver Stone, and is preparing to write "Satori" for Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.