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NYCC | Vertigo to adapt Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

Ahead of New York Comic Con, DC Entertainment announced this morning it will adapt Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium trilogy — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest — as a series of graphic novels.

DC’s Vertigo imprint will work with Larsson’s estate and the Hedlund Literary Agency to adapt the acclaimed mystery series, with each book presented in two graphic novel volumes that will be available in print and digital formats. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will debut in 2012, on the heels of director David Fincher’s big-screen adaptation, which arrives in theaters Dec. 21.

The Millennium trilogy, which has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide since the release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2005 in Sweden, centers on Lisbeth Salander, and eccentric computer hacker, and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigative journalist and magazine editor. They’re brought together in the first novel to solve a 40-year-old missing person’s case.

Larsson, a Swedish journalist and author, passed away in 2004 at age 50, leaving the completed manuscripts for the first three novels in what was intended as a 10-book series.

“Stieg always liked comics and it will be exciting to see the unforgettable characters he created come to life on the comics page,” his younger brother Joakim Larsson said in a statement.

Expect more details to emerge this week at New York Comic Con.



Finally, I might get around to reading these novels.

“… with each book presented in two graphic novel volumes that will be available in print and digital formats. ”

Does that mean “e-book”?

Because, with the “Fire 100″, DC is now the #1 publisher of e-book graphic novels in the U.S. (Andrews McMeel is second, with their numerous comic strip reprints.) No other publishers come close, each has just a handful of titles.

This is a good idea, adapting these books ahead of the film. Gives new readers different avenues for how they’d like to sample the books (as well as in-roads into trying out what Vertigo has to offer too).

Please, please, /please/ let this project be paired with a meaty marketing initiative! This is one of the most popular book series of the decade. Just reaching 1% of the fans would give a GN adaptation 150,000 sales (based on the “15 million copies sold” stat for the first book I found on Wikipedia – could be off, probably has some worldwide vs. USA shenanigans, but still, /big honkin’ potential readership/ we’re talking, here.)

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