Nothing is ever truly dead in Hollywood. If there’s a recognizable brand it can always find life, even if the previous attempt missed the mark by a wide margin. Such is the case with adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which gave us the acclaimed Swedish films including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but were then Hollywood-ized into American remakes that failed to connect with viewers. And now it’s found new life, only this time as an Amazon series with a modernized twist.
Amazon Studios will join with Sony Pictures and Left Bank Pictures for a different take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This version will continue to follow the story of hacker/vigilante Lisbeth Salander, only it won’t follow any of Larson’s novels or the sequels published after his 2005 death. Instead, the series will “place her in today’s world with a wholly new setting, new characters, and a new story.” Get ready for Lisbeth in the #MeToo era, which seems very fitting, actually.
Andy Harres (The Night Manager) will exec-produce alongside Rob Bullock. No other creative are on board yet.
The iconic role of Lisbeth Salander has been sought after by many actresses in the past, and helped make a name for Noomi Rapace who became an international star as a result. Rooney Mara played Salander in David Fincher’s R-rated remake, a film that did well but didn’t live up to Sony’s expectations. The role was then recast for Claire Foy in 2018’s flop The Girl in the Spider’s Web. [Variety]