A new author has been hired to write a fourth installment in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson.
David Lagercrantz will write a new story about hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomqvist. The new novel is due to be released in August 2015, with the English language translation to be published by Quercus Publishing.
Lagercrantz, co-author of I Am Zlatan, a biography of Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said he has “already started writing” the new installment.
“It’s terribly fun,” Lagercrantz said. “It’s a fantastic world to step into.”
According to the BBC, Larsson, who died of a heart attack in November 2004 at the age of 50, had already started working on a fourth novel.
Eva Gedin, the head of publishing at Norstedts, said, “We have now decided to let somebody take over and tell what happened next.”
But Stieg Larsson’s partner, Eva Gabrielsson, said the publisher did not have access to the partially-completed manuscript, and that David Lagercrantz would be starting from scratch. She told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that she thought it was “distasteful to try and make more money from the books.” Gabrielsson has been involved in a legal dispute with Larsson’s family over his legacy.
According to John-Henri Holmberg, who recently translated one of Larsson’s early short stories, the author had only 120 pages left in the fourth novel before his death. Holmberg also said Larsson had written the ending to the book and intended to “go back and start the story from the beginning.”
The original Millennium trilogy — which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest — has sold over 75 million copies worldwide. Swedish film production company Yellow Bird created film versions of all three novels, directed by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev, in 2009. The protagonists were played by Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist.
A Hollywood adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig was released in December 2011. Fincher has expressed interest in returning for the sequels, which Sony Pictures has said it might film back-to-back. In January it was reported that Craig wanted a pay raise following the success of Skyfall, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Since producers are looking to decrease the budget, there’s a chance that Craig will be replaced for the sequels.