Veena Sud has signed on to be showrunner for Amazon MGM Studios’ Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series.
The series is based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels, which follow hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
Sud has previously worked on TV shows such as The Killing, Seven Seconds and Cold Case, making her well equipped to handle a dark crime mystery.
Variety reported in 2020 that a series based on the Millennium franchise was in development, but at the time, it was planned as a standalone series for Lisbeth Salander. The series was then said to have been completely original and would have been set in modern day with new mysteries, characters and setting. It’s a bit unclear at the moment if that’s still the plan or if Amazon MGM Studios whether looking to do another Salander/Blomkvist story. Not is it clear whether it’ll be based on an existing book.
This isn’t Hollywood’s first attempt to adapt the Millennium series, either.
The first three books, all written by Larsson, were adapted into films in Larsson’s native Sweden and starred Noomi Rapace as Salander and Michael Nyqvist as Blomqvist. After Larsson’s death in 2004, David Lagercrantz took over and published another three books. The latest book in the series, The Girl In The Eagle’s Talons, was written by Karin Smirnoff and published in 2022.
David Fincher directed the first English-language adaptation of Larsson’s first book. His 2011 film, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, starred Rooney Mara as Salander and Daniel Craig took on the role of Blomkvist.
Despite being a box office success and critically acclaimed, a sequel never materialised, at least not with the original team.
In 2015, Fede Álvarez directed The Girl In The Spider’s Web with Claire Foy replacing Mara as Salander and Sverrir Gudnason as Blomkvist. Despite all the talent involved, the film received negative reviews and was a box office bomb, leaving the franchise’s future in Hollywood uncertain.
There’s still no casting news for the series or a potential release date, but the news of a showrunner is a promising sign that things are moving forward. It’ll be hard to top the original trilogy of films or Fincher’s spectacular adaptation, but we’re holding out hope this is going to be great.
We’ll keep you updated on the series’ development as more details emerge.
Thank you for visiting! If you’d like to support our attempts to make a non-clickbaity movie website:
Buy our Film Stories and Film Junior print magazines here.
Become a Patron here.