So far, with the exception of Jackie Brown (based on an Elmore Leonard novel) Quentin Tarantino has preferred to direct and write originals. While he has exec-produced a few things and been tempted by the odd Speed Racer or James Bond, he has
never rarely succumbed to adaptation temptation.
According to this report by the Times of London, the estranged father and brother of bestselling Swedish writer Stieg Larsson (who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2004 at age 50 after climbing seven flights of stairs) claim that Tarantino and his Inglourious Basterds star Brad Pitt want to buy the movie rights to Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy. The first crime thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has already spawned a hit Scandinavian movie that screened in the Cannes market.
UPDATE: According to Tarantino’s rep, he’s never heard of the project in connection with Tarantino, who has never mentioned it.
Because Larsson died without a will, his family is tussling with his common-law wife of 30 years, who is hanging on to his laptop which holds his unfinished sequel to the Millenium trilogy. They accuse her of blocking the sale of remake rights.
Here’s Fangoria’s Cannes review:
Among the main attractions in the market was the current Scandinavian smash hit MILLENNIUM: MEN WHO HATE WOMEN. Based on the first of three best sellers by Stieg Larsson, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Niels Arden Oplev‚Äôs gorgeously visual adaptation is without doubt the most nail-biting thriller of the year. Michael Nyqvist stars as a disgraced journalist, sentenced to jail for libel, asked to investigate the cold-case disappearance of a teen heiress. Aided by punk hacker Noomi Rapace, he uncovers an undetected chain of serial killings in this startlingly near-the-knuckle giallo, Swedish style. Think a sexier, more absorbing ANTIBODIES. MILLENNIUM is the European success story of the moment, and the remaining two parts of the trilogy, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET‚ÄôS NEST, will be released later this year. I cannot wait, based on this first expert translation of Larsson‚Äôs much-admired work.
And here’s the trailer: