While the rumors that David Fincher will adapt (pointlessly, some would say) Stieg Larsson’s Swedish crime thriller, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, have yet to solidify beyond "this source told this blog it's totally happening," it was confirmed today that Columbia has indeed purchased the English-language rights not only to Tattoo, but the whole of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. The posthumously published crime novels have already been adapted into a series of films in Larsson’s homeland, the first of which recently debuted here to mostly positive reviews, and will be followed by The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest later this year. But then, those films don’t have any homegrown starlets who can appear in an accompanying Maxim spread, and they require all that troublesome reading—so fear not! American versions are on the way! Somewhat reassuringly, they do have some reliable talent attached: Scott Rudin (No Country For Old Men, Greenberg) is producing with Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs Of New York) writing the script, and while Fincher’s involvement is still considered hypothetical, almost everyone believes he’ll tackle Tattoo at least. We remain whatever the Swedish word for “cautiously optimistic” is.
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