David Fincher's masterful adaptation of Stieg Larsson's grim yet gripping novel, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was an exemplary demonstration of how to put a book on the big screen. It was tense, terrifying and intelligent, but it ended on an excruciating cliffhanger, and audiences have been left eagerly awaiting the next two films in the Millennium trilogy.
Well, good news: not only are we going to get two more awesome adaptations - Sony also may be chucking in a third for good measure, based on the series' as yet unpublished fourth novel!
Yet another Sony hack
The news comes from a collection of leaked e-mails sent to the Chairman of the Motion Pictures Group at Sony, Amy Pascal. One particularly revealing message reads as follows:
I asked Kassie about when we would have the manuscript of the 4th book, as it was promised for the end of the year. The manuscript is almost finished and the Swedish publisher is apparently quite happy. But there's a problem ... they will not have an English translation until March.
The fourth book will be written by Swedish author David Lagercrantz and is due for release in August 2015. If Sony is interested in acquiring the manuscript ahead of its release, then it's likely they're gearing up for another adaptation.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves...
We're still waiting on The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. According to the Brazilian site overtice.com.br, they're scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
It's not yet clear whether the original cast and crew will return to round out Lisbeth Salander's gritty tale. However, director David Fincher did comment on the project:
The script that we now have has huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book.
Different how, I wonder. If there's anyone I trust with a book adaptation, it's Fincher, who recently finished work on the absolutely riveting thriller Gone Girl.
Actress Rooney Mara, who played the lethally dangerous Salander, has previously declared her intentions to return to the series, telling MTV:
I hope that we get to make the other two.
It looks like the stars are aligning for not only TWO additional Dragon Tattoo films, but THREE! Count me pumped.