Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sony's Columbia Pictures Acquires English Language Film Rights to The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
More information about the book

Last December we reported that Sony's Columbia Pictures was in discussions to option the English language film rights to the Millennium Trilogy of thrillers by Stieg Larsson. Today, in a press release, the studio made it official.

Yellow Bird AB produced the Swedish language films based on the three books in the series: The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Yellow Bird CEO Mikael Wallen said the US versions will be produced by Scott Rudin, whose credits include the Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men while Schindler's List scriptwriter Steve Zaillian will adapt the books for the big screen. Wallen added that the script should be finished "before the summer" and will change some parts of Larsson's story, but remain based in Sweden.

According to the press release, no director has been selected, yet news reports from a couple of weeks ago indicate that David Fincher (The Game, Panic Room) had been confirmed as the director. Another discrepancy surrounds filming of the script, which previous reports suggest would begin in the fall but the press release states early next year.

About The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (from the publisher): A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance ... and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.

Read our Mysterious Reviews review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

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