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Breaking news from THR: The fourth novel in the “Millennium” series will be a feature film, but not with Dragon Tattoo stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig or director David Fincher.

The Girl in the Spider's Web
The Girl in the Spider’s Web © Knopf

According to this THR report, Sony will be bringing the Nordic noir thriller, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, to the big screen, with Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal, of Sony’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, producing.

However, instead of making the “Millennium” films in the order in which the late Stieg Larsson wrote his trilogy, Sony is starting fresh, moving from its adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo straight to the one for The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The Girl in the Spider's WebSony still has the film rights for The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Next, the two novels that complete Larsson’s trilogy, but what the studio does with them remains to be seen, as budgets are an issue. The script alone for The Girl Who Played with Fire had a mid-seven figure bill.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo cost $90 million to make, and the budget for The Girl in the Spider’s Web is mandated be much lower.

Larsson’s father and brother hand-picked Swedish author David Lagercrantz to continue Stieg’s series. The Girl in the Spider’s Web was published in September, became an overnight sensation around the world, and hit the top of several bestseller lists.

Last month Swedish publisher Norstedts commissioned Lagercrantz to write two more “Millennium” novels.

There have been no announcements about a Swedish film of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, so here’s hoping.

The three Swedish “Millennium” films, aka The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Drop) as Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl King, 100 Code) as Mikael Blomkvist, were produced by Yellow Bird, in association with ZDF, SVT, and Nordisk Film, amongst others, and have collectively grossed more than $215 million worldwide.

For folks who haven’t seen the extended versions of these films, which together have more than two hours of extra footage not included in the theatrical releases, you can stream all three (shown in Swedish with English subtitles) at Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.

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