New Book Based On ‘Girl With A Dragon Tattoo’ Trilogy In The Works

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

Daniel Craig Rooney Mara Girl With The Dragon Tattoo New Book Based On Girl With A Dragon Tattoo Trilogy In The Works

The late Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson did not live to see the publication of his novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which along with its sequels The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest became bestsellers and an international phenomenon.

The three books were turned into a film trilogy in Sweden, and the David Fincher-directed American adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was released in 2011. The movie cracked $100 million in the U.S. on a $90 million budget, and did even better in the rest of the world… but the hard-R subject matter – extreme depictions of violence and sexuality – prevented it from becoming the huge blockbuster some might have been expecting from a movie by the director of The Social Network and starring the new James Bond, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, whose lead performance as Lisbeth Salander was a major breakthrough.

This perceived under-performance is one reason that talk of a Fincher-directed second American movie in the series seems to have stalled, and on a parallel track, legal disputes between Larsson’s long-time girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson and Larsson’s brother and father for control of Larsson’s posthumous work have prevented any further work from being published (Larsson left no will, and he and Gabrielsson never married since under Swedish law their personal address would be public record, and they feared becoming targets due to their activism). Larsson is rumored to have been working on a fourth book featuring the same characters, with the possibility of fifth book in outline form.

Now it appears that Blomkvist and Salander will live again, at least on the page. The AP reports that Swedish publisher Norstedts has hired novelist David Lagercrantz (I am Zlatan) to pen a fourth book based on Larsson’s characters, with a planned publication date of August 2015. Lagercrantz has stated that the new book will not include any material Larsson may have been working on prior to his death in 2004 at age 50, and remarked on why he feels revisiting these characters is important, saying:

“In the times we live in, where we are monitored by American authorities like the NSA, a hacker like Lisbeth Salander is needed.”

 New Book Based On Girl With A Dragon Tattoo Trilogy In The Works

Informed by Larsson’s lifelong activism, Dragon Tattoo followed Lisbeth Salander (Mara), an introverted genius goth-punk hacker and her relationship with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig). After Blomkvist is conned by a corrupt businessman and publicly shamed, he is hired by wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger to investigate the murder of his niece decades prior. Aided by Salander, he discovers that a vicious serial killer has been preying on women for years, and that Vanger’s family is deeply entangled in a web of suppression and violence.

The second and third books follow Blomkvist and Salander in separate narratives as they investigate a conspiracy involving underground neo-Nazis and the Swedish government, with a dangerous central adversary who as it turns out affects Salander in a very personal way.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is the weakest of the series, largely due to the fact that Larsson had not quite finished it before his death. Ghost writers filled it in, resulting in something overly complicated and less riveting than the previous reads. Thus, a fourth book by a new writer is not necessarily welcome news to fans of the original books. Hiring a new writer to continue the franchise side-steps the legal issues of who controls Larsson’s posthumous work, but it’s not much of a stretch to consider this more of a cynical cash-grab than a real attempt to honor the legacy of Larsson and his characters. 

As for an American continuation of the movie series… various reports have been chiming in for a couple of years now. David Fincher may or may not return to helm any sequels, which could see Daniel Craig bowing out of the role of crusading reporter Mikael Blomkvist. Star Rooney Mara is apparently game to return, provided it happens sooner rather than later, but it doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon. It remains to be seen whether or not a new novel can re-capture the zeitgeist feeling of the original books, and if an American version of The Girl Who Played With Fire does not take off by 2015, it’s unlikely to ever happen.


The Untitled Fourth Dragon Tattoo Book may be published in August, 2015.

Source: AP

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  1. What a shame if the American sequel doesn’t happen. I really like Mara’s Lisbeth.

    • Same. It’s such a disappointment that the movie hasn’t been made.

  2. You have an Oscar nominated actress for her portrayal of this character, this franchise has too much potential to not be made. Worse movies with even worse actors have gotten sequels

  3. I really love first one and would love to see the 2nd & 3rd made provided that Fincher, Rooney and Craig were back. Each one of them made Dragon Tattoo a great movie, but even with the same actors and a different director I don’t think it would work very well. Fincher is has such a great talent for exploring darkness without wallowing in it, nobody makes films like him.

  4. Loved the Swedish film.. not so much the American version.. why didn’t it do great at the box office? Many i spoke with had the same opinion Swedish version > American adaption

    • I actually disagree.

      The swedish version was alright for a made for tv movie but i dont think it holds up to Finchers. He beats it mostly in budget and experience. It’s much more stylized, well paced, and well directed. I actually liked the movie more than i liked the book. It was just more brisk and able to keep the suspense over the low points, while the book’s low points tended to drag.

      • So having more money makes a better Movie? John Carter exceptional lol
        More experience? George lucas?
        I hope that isn’t your criteria for great movies…

    • Yah, I think you heard what you wanted to hear. Most of the people I know who have seen both have either said they are about equal or that the American version was better…

      • don’t be upset Ken J lol i don’t speak for everyone

        • @Bobovila

          Phew, yah, I was getting so upset there… :-D

          • I went to the premier reading reviews on how great it was compare to the Swedish film. I left the theater emotionally unsettled on how bad the movie was compared to the original. Please do not make another film suck as bad as the Hollywood remake was

  5. I’ve yet to see the American version but the Swedish films are great, Noomi Rapace was exceptional as Lisbeth in all 3 films. As such, even if the Fincher film is good I wouldn’t be too bothered if it doesn’t get sequels as I feel I’ve already seen the full story.

    As for a fourth book written by someone other than Larson, it’s a cash grab, not interested.

  6. Its like the James Bond books, books were written after Fleming stopped, and some of them were really good. I wouldnt mind reading more about Lisbeth. You can tell that a forth book was planned by Larsson (that final showdown was out of nowhere and really fast). The produces sloppily edited it.

    I’ll hold off judgement until until i start seeing reviews.

  7. For me if I read a book before I see the movie I’m usually less impressed with the movie which is sorta what I think happened with me & gwtdt. I saw the swedish film 1st so felt underwhelmed with the American version. I’d be pk if they don’t do a sequel & would probably just tell people check out all the swedish ones of they really want their fix.

  8. Sorry, but this is little more than fan fiction being used as a cash grab by the publisher. It’d be better to savor the original works by the author who created these characters than dilute what made the work special to begin with.

    • Typed this days ago but it wouldn’t let me comment for some reason so I’ll repeat it.

      How is it fan fiction when Stieg was writing the 4th book before he died and his family gave this writer permission to finish it?

  9. Alright, seriously now people, can we stop calling the Fincher movie a remake of the Swedish movie? Let’s use our brains here and call it another movie interpretation of the novels because it was not at all a remake of the Swedish interpretation of the same novels…

    • In film, a remake is a motion picture based on a film produced earlier.[1] The term remake can refer to everything on the spectrum of reused material: both an allusion or a line-by-line change retake of a movie.[2] However, the term generally pertains to a new version of an old film.[3] A reproduced television series could also be called a remake.
      The term “remake” is generally used in reference to a movie which uses an earlier movie as the main source material, rather than in reference to a second, later movie based on the same source.
      Sounds like remake to me

      • @hellomoto

        Um, except it doesn’t use the Swedish movies as the source material… You do realize that the Swedish movie changed some things from the original novels that the American version shows accurately? If it used the Swedish movie as a source material, how did they change things so they “coincidentally” matched the novels?? The answer is, they didn’t, they used the novels as the source material… Seriously, go do some research before you come here trying to sound smart, thanks.

        • Yeah. The American movie was based on the book, not the Swedish movie.

        • Good comeback but the American version still sucked.

  10. ugh such a shame america had to destroy a great novel and do a remake of a great film. they should have just let Sweden have the movies. the american remake was god awful.

  11. I prefer the extended swedish version of the film which is out on dvd

  12. I’d love to see her return, as I would love to see any powerful role model for women. I thought the trilogy was brilliant! My only concern is that if it is an American movie it will be watered down to pacify a largely conservative, christian male audience. I’d prefer it be made in Europe, even if subtitled. For the most part foreign language films tend to be better made with less pandering to corporate interests.