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Scottish crime author Denise Mina adapts Stieg Larsson’s bestselling classics
There’s not a lot left to say about Stieg Larsson. The three homegrown film adaptations of the late Swedish author’s novels – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – along with David Fincher’s Hollywood remake of the first film, have made him the subject of intense scrutiny. They’ve also ensured his protagonist – tough, bisexual computer hacker Lisbeth Salander – a place in crime film and fiction’s hall of fame.
Yet, after all the many words, now come the pictures. News has arrived that celebrated Glaswegian crime writer Denise Mina has been commissioned by American publishing giant DC Comics to adapt Larsson’s books into six graphic novels. Larsson’s estate has given Mina creative free-reign and the Scottish writer, who will be working with illustrator Leonardo Manco (with whom she previously collaborated on the Hellblazer horror comic series), has said she’s going to make Salander even spikier by focusing more on the effects of her background of sexual abuse and on her relationship with another woman.
Each book will be adapted into two graphic novels, with Dragon Tattoo to be released this year and Fire and Hornet’s Nest to be published in 2013 and 2014. The Larsson legacy expands, then, and in a worthwhile and thrilling way.
Look out for the first part of the trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, in March.