By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 24, 2010 at 6:11AM
Chicago indie distrib Music Box will open the two sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in current release) this summer. Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy kept me up late many nights in a row. So even though the first Swedish film adaptation disappointed me--it's a by-the-numbers thriller--I am still eager to see The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is the strongest of the three books, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is a tough political attack on Swedish Intelligence. The three Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist as bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander and muckraking journalist Mikael Blomqvist are huge hits all over the world. And the first two books are also bestsellers stateside; the third one, which I purchased in London, is set for U.S. publication in May. (Trailers on jump.)
In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Blomkvist is researching an expose on a sex trafficking operation that names some well-known Swedish figures. As he's about to publish, his writers are murdered and his researcher/lover Salander's fingerprints are on the murder weapon. With the government and other powerful figures out to kill her, she must prove her innocence and somehow survive. In The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Salander, who is charged with three counts of murder, continues to fight for her life from her hospital bed. She is a great character--writer Steve Zaillian is fashioning the Scott Rudin-produced English language remake around her, front and center.
The Girl Who Played with Fire:
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: