- The Woman Who Finished the Series about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Stieg Larsson's partner, Eva Gabrielsson, has announced her plans to finish writing the fourth book in the Millennium trilogy — which, since it's no longer a trilogy, will apparently need to be called a quadrilogy.
According to early details culled from Gabrielsson's memoir of her life with Larsson, Millennium, Stieg and Me, which is set for publication in France and Scandinavia next week, Larsson had written 200 pages of a fourth novel in his internationally successful Millennium series before he died. Gabrielsson wants to complete it because, she says, "Stieg and I often wrote together".
The only details she'd give about the plot are that fan-favorite Lisbeth Salander "little by little frees herself from her ghosts and her enemies." I hope she means that literally — The Girl Who Busted Her Own Ghosts would be a cool title. (Via Publishers Weekly.)
- Wallopin' Web-snappers: First, we got a glimpse of Rooney Mara as the titular inked lady in the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film. Now, there's a sneak peek of the new Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield (from The Social Network and Red Riding: 1974). Courtesy of Deadline Hollywood:
- Four Score and Several Screen Tests: Deadline also notes that the hottest casting in Hollywood right now is the part of Abe Lincoln in the film version of former guest blogger Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.
The studio has set a June 22, 2012 release for the film and has been focused on casting since November. Now we can tell you the list of actors who'll be screentesting for the role of young Abe Lincoln this week and next: Benjamin Walker, James D'Arcy, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Josh Lucas. It's a very interesting mix of semi-knowns and unknowns, stage and screen vets.
The movie will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (who made Night Watch a few years back), co-produced by Tim Burton, and will be shot in 3D. What more can you need to know?
- G.R.O.S.S.: The Movie: I'm at least a day behind on sharing this internet meme, but better late than never:
Have a good weekend! And if the notion to play a little Calvinball should strike you, so much the better.
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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