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Yellow Bird plans Larsson franchise

Oplev to helm three pics

STOCKHOLM — Swedish shingle Yellow Bird has unveiled plans to make a series of pics and a TV skein based on the novels of Stieg Larsson.

The plots of the three thrillers, which have sold more than two million copies in Sweden and have been published in 19 countries, are interlinked and center around a journalist and a young female hacker.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” will be made into both a theatrical feature and a TV series, while pics based on “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Air Castle That Crumbled” will go straight to TV and DVD.

Niels Arden Oplev, who made the Intl. Emmy award winning Danish police series “Unit One,” will helm all the pics, which will be toplined by Michael Nyqvist, who played the lead in “As It Is in Heaven,” and Noomi Rapace.

Production of “The Girl” starts early next year, with the other two following in rapid succession.

Soren Staermose produces for Yellow Bird, with Swedish Television, German ZDF Enterprises and Nordisk Film on board as co-producers. Nordisk will distrib in Scandinavia.

The total budget for all three pics is 100 million Swedish kroner ($16 million).