The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Amazon TV series has finally found a showrunner in Veena Sud, best known for developing The Killing.
If you don’t have the memory of a goldfish (like me), you might remember that Amazon was developing a TV series based on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That was over three years ago, and Variety has now reported that they’ve finally snagged a showrunner for the series.
Veena Sud, best known for developing The Killing for AMC, is set to serve as showrunner on Amazon’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Current details regarding the series are being kept under wraps, but it was originally reported that the project would not be a sequel or continuation of the story from the books or films, but would instead place Lisbeth Salander in today’s world with a new setting, new characters, and new story. Amazon MGM Studios will produce the series with Left Bank Pictures.
Lisbeth Salander has been portrayed by several actresses over the years, with Noomi Rapace playing the character in the Swedish film trilogy consisting of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Rooney Mara took on the role in David Fincher’s English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Claire Foy stepped into the character for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, an adaptation which was based on the novel by David Lagercrantz and served as a soft-reboot of the franchise. Unfortunately, the film was a critical and commercial disappointment which brought the big-screen side of the franchise to a halt.
David Fincher was planning on following up his remake with two more sequels, but those plans were cancelled when the movie didn’t generate the return that the studio wanted. Despite not getting to complete the trilogy, Fincher said earlier this year that he remains very “proud” of the first movie. “We did it the way that we could,” Fincher said. “And when people said it cost too much for what the return on investment was, I said, ‘Okay, swing and a miss.’” The remake had a budget of $90 million and went on to gross $232 million worldwide; not the biggest box-office success, but I feel like sequels have been greenlit with less.