Today brings further confirmation that David Fincher will next tackle an adaptation of the Swedish novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as details on its release and the possibility of sequels. Tattoo is the first entry in late author Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy, and the third, titled The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, is finally set for American release later this month. In anticipation of the event, news has arisen that suggests the cinematic adaptation of Tattoo will hit theaters in December 2011 with David Fincher and director Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) on board. Not only that, but with material at the ready, the two potential sequels would be shot back to back. Details after the jump.
Producer Scott Rudin reflected on the difficulty of putting the project together, given the increasing popularity of the series, “The books were still growing even as we were negotiating so the price tag kept moving.” [The New York Times]
Assuming Fincher’s adaptation satisfies the literary audience here in America enough to achieve a respectable box office, sequels are in the works. They would reportedly be shot together, but there is no word on whether or not Fincher would return to complete the trilogy. This will be his follow-up to The Social Network, a tale of the creation of Facebook due in October, and he is in discussions with Disney for a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea once Tattoo is in the can.
Here is the synopsis for Stieg Larson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo via Amazon:
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues.