I'm honestly a little surprised it has taken this long for an American studio to buy the rights to Stieg Larrson's thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's hard to walk into most book stores - and impossible if it happens to be an airport bookstore you've strolled into - and not notice the yellow cover shouting at you in its vibrant ways. I guess someone at Sony finally got tired of having friends recommend the book to them, as they've begun locking down the legal that will allow them to move forward with an English-language film adaptation.
That last bit of qualification is important to pay attention to, as the Swedish studio Yellow Bird has already produced and released film adaptations of Larrson's the Millennium trilogy; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (or as it is known in its homeland, The Men Who Hate Women), The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. All three were released this year in Sweden and other European territories to considerable acclaim. And though it looks like this initial Sony deal is only for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I am willing to bet they end up making all three. The Swedish trilogy are three of the most popular films to ever be released in the region, Dragon Tattoo being the most popular, and it's easy to see why.