The Sunday New York Times magazine story on author Stieg Larsson, which quotes producer Scott Rudin, seems to have confirmed a December 2011 release date for the David Fincher-directed version, as well as English-language versions of the second and third books.
"Sales will doubtless get an additional boost in December 2011, when
the first American film version, written by Steven Zaillian and directed
by David Fincher, is scheduled to come out, followed in short order by
films of the second and third books, which will be shot together. Scott Rudin,
the producer, said recently that the deal was immensely complicated to
put together, not only because there were so many parties involved but
also because of the ongoing popularity of the series. “The books were
still growing even as we were negotiating,” he explained, “so the price
tag kept moving.”
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The third book in the uber-hot trilogy, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," comes out in U.S. bookstores Tuesday, May 25.
Meanwhile, the Swedish version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is nearing $10 million in the U.S. and Canada, making it by far the highest-grossing foreign language film of the year. Outside North America, it's a far bigger hit, at more than $90 million.