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Read It Before They Screen It: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Taking Woodstock, and Where the Wild Things Are

The Swedish television company that produced Steig Larson's The Girl with Dragon Tattoo have decided to release the two upcoming sequels (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) theatrically.

Variety reports:

Fire will be released theatrically in Sweden in the beginning of September, Hornest's Nest in November.

"We will now go directly to all foreign distributors who bought the first film for cinema release and start negotiations for films numbers two and three," producer Soren Staermose told Variety. The TV deals are not affected.

The three books by author Stieg Larsson, who died before the first one had been released, are worldwide bestsellers. Production company Yellow Bird bought the rights before the books, known as the Millennium trilogy, had been published, and Swedish Television (SvT) signed on as one of the co-producers.

In just three weeks, Dragon Tattoo has totalled more than 1.5 million admissions in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, with a combined gross of $21 million.

"Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson....I was completely absorbed," raves Michael Connelly.

Have you read any of Larsson's books? What are your thoughts on seeing them on the big screen?

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The trailer for Ang Lee's adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir Taking Woodstock has been released. Take a look:

You may recognize actor Demetri Martin from his series on Comedy Central.

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Let the wild rumpus begin!:


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Tavis adds content and edits images for His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.

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One Response to "Read It Before They Screen It: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Taking Woodstock, and Where the Wild Things Are"

    Reg March 29th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    As the English translator of the Millennium trilogy, I'd rather not see the book and characters on the screen. From what I've seen of the trailers the violence in the film version is much more intrusive, and was certainly not what I envisioned when I was working on them. I have a picture of Salander and Blomkvist in my mind and I'd rather leave them untouched as Stieg Larsson described them than have someone else's idea of them imposed on me visually. Enough of the tyranny of the image!

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