US Remake of Swedish 'Millenium Trilogy' in the Works at Sony
Last year it was the critically acclaimed vampire thriller Let the Right One In. And it looks like the Swedes are doing something right, as indieWIRE reports that the rights to Steig Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, which begins with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have just been picked up by Sony for producer Scott Rudin and writer Steve Zailian to adapt. They'll be working from Stieg Larsson's books that were also adapted in Sweden. The story follows a once-respected financial journalist who is promised professional resurrection if he researches a mysterious disappearance that has been unsolved for nearly four decades.
Across the ocean in Europe, the first film in the series (renamed Men Who Hate Women) has apparently grossed over $100 million internationally, and the film hasn't even been released over here yet. The novels themselves have also found international acclaim selling over 20 million copies. It sounds like Rudin and Zailian are the right guys to take on this series which Anne Thompson describes as "sprawling, intelligent, well-plotted" with ideas "that dig into the intersection of journalism, business and politics." However, she also cites these strengths in the novel as difficulties for a film adaptation as they make it less commercially viable, not to mention the bisexual nature of the female protagonist, hacker detective Lisbeth Salender.
Being mostly unfamiliar with the Millennium Trilogy so far, the concept sounds intriguing to say the least. However, I must say, my predilection towards hating remakes of quality foreign films has me somewhat against this rapid movement to remake a film series that hasn't even seen a US release yet (not until next year from Sony Pictures Classics). However, I do realize this makes the series more appealing to audiences who think that the films are completely brand new, and technically not remakes. Anyway, we'll have to see who Rudin puts in the director's chair on these, and if anything else develops, we'll be sure to let you know.