It’s been over a decade since Swedish writer Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) died, but his Millennium series lives on. Larsson’s British publisher has just announced the title of the next book in the series: The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Even if you didn’t particularly care for Stieg Larsson’s ubiquitous coach-class best-seller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (guilty as charged), there’s no denying that Lisbeth Salander is one hell of a heroine. With her tribal piercings, her spiky mohawk, and her scrappy, techno-savvy smarts, she’s like an avenging cyberpunk angel?part Nancy Drew, part Siouxsie Sioux. Larsson painted Lisbeth well enough on the page, but it wasn’t until I saw her played by the brooding Noomi Rapace in the 2010 Swedish import that she truly came to life for me.
Stieg Larsson’s best-selling thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Chances are you — or someone you share a cubicle with or wake up next to — have been talking about little else lately. After all, publishing sensations like this don’t come along often. And when they do, some Hollywood studio’s usually right around the corner with a god-awful adaptation, screwing up everything that enchanted fans in the first place.
Producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Hours) and director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven) could have the first American adaptation of Larsson’s novels in theaters by Christmas of 2012. They won’t reveal who they’re hoping will play the brilliantly realized protagonists, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, but here are some of the most rumored possibilities.
Sony and producer Scott Rudin snapped up rights for an English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson’s novel. Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) will write the script, and David Fincher (Zodiac) is interested in directing. But director Niels Arden Oplev bristles that Sony’s press release described his version, a box office hit in Europe, as being ”for Swedish television and home video.” Says Oplev: ”Nobody’s going to call my film a TV film unless they want to meet me in a dark alley with a baseball bat.”
The Swedish-language thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo inevitably simplifies some of the plot knots in Stieg Larsson’s 2005 best-seller, a satisfyingly sordid tale of corruption, murder, and family secrets. But there’s still enough sexual gruesomeness to justify the alternate title by which international audiences know the film: Men Who Hate Women.
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