Dragon Tattoo TV series in the works at Amazon
James R | On 27, May 2020
A TV series inspired by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is in the works at Amazon Studios.
Published by Stieg Larsson, the novel introduced us to its eponymous character, Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker who teams up with an investigative journalist to solve a family mystery. Salander was the protagonist for another two Millennium books by Larsson, with another three books by David Lagercrantz continuing the saga, after Larsson passed away.
With more than 100 million copies worldwide, the series has been a veritable literary hit, and it didn’t take long for the screen to come calling: Noomi Rapace played her in a Swedish film trilogy based on the original three books, while Rooney Mara took on the role of Lisbeth for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, planned to be the first of a US trilogy. While that plan never progressed, Claire Foy stepped in to play Lisbeth in the 2018 film, The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Now, Variety reports that Amazon is developing a series based on the character. Titled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the series will not be a direct adaptation, or continuation, of the existing stories on page or screen, but will follow Salander in today’s society with a new setting, characters and narrative.
No actor has yet been attached to the series, and there is no write on board yet, but Andy Harries (Quiz, The Crown), founder and CEO of Left Bank Pictures, is exec-producing along with Rob Bullock (Strike Back, YouTube’s Origin, The Night Manager). Amazon Studios and Left Bank will produce in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The project continues Amazon’s strategy of turning to novels for inspiration for its streaming service, Amazon Prime Video. The company, which began as a bookseller, has an in-built audience of book lovers, and has enjoyed success with its Bosch series, based on Michael Connelly’s detective, now its longest running original show. A Lord of the Rings-inspired TV series is also in production at Amazon Studios.