'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' to become a TV series thanks to Amazon

The streamer is developing the show with the company behind 'The Crown'

Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Fans of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's original novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or the hit 2011 film starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, will be happy to know a new TV series based on the story is on its way.

Amazon Studios is looking to develop a project by Left Bank Pictures (the people behind shows such as The Crown and Outlander) that centres on Lisbeth Salander, the hacker at the centre of Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels, Variety has reported. It will be created in association with Sony Pictures TV.

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Courtesy Columbia Pictures

This new series will not be a sequel or continuation of Larsson's books or the films based on them, but instead will take the character and place her in a new setting, with new characters, in a new storyline that's been developed for today's world.

Andy Harries, founder and chief executive of Left Bank Pictures, will executive produce along with Rob Bullock, it has been confirmed.

No actors for the roles have been announced yet.

The original books were all published after Larsson's death in 2004.

More than 60 million copies have been sold worldwide and all three – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest – were made into films in Sweden, with Noomi Rapace playing the protagonist, Salander.

In David Fincher's 2011 English-language film of the first instalment, the character was played by Mara.

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' by Stieg Larsson (2005)

Writer David Lagercrantz went on to write three more books in the series featuring Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, a character played by Craig in Fincher's adaptation.

The fourth novel, The Girl in the Spider's Web, was turned into a film starring Claire Foy as Salander in 2018.

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Stieg Larsson
Stieg Larsson - 05 Sep 2002

The announcement of this new TV series comes after a number of new projects based on beloved books have been released or confirmed by Amazon. This includes those inspired by Lord of the Rings, The Man in the High Castle and Jack Reacher, as well as a show in development based on James Patterson's Alex Cross series.

No release date has been announced.