December 16, 2009 / 7:10 AM / 8 years ago

Sony booking Swedish Millennium crime series

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures is in final discussions to option the English-language film rights to Stieg Larsson’s posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, the Millennium Series.

A Swedish author and journalist, Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004 with three unpublished novels in his desk. The trilogy has since been published to wide acclaim and widespread interest from readers.

Steven Zaillian, the Oscar-winning writer of “Schindler’s List,” has been in talks to adapt the first book, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” It describes the mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. A journalist recently dinged by a libel case and a young female hacker try to resolve it, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way.

Niels Arden Oplev and Daniel Alfredson directed adaptations of the novels for Swedish TV. Indie distributor Music Box Films has picked up the U.S. rights. Sony’s versions would derive from the original novels rather than as remakes of the films.

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