Alfredson to direct Larsson’s ‘Fire’

Crime film is second entry in Millennium trilogy

STOCKHOLM — Daniel Alfredson will helm “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the second film in the Millennium trilogy, based on the bestselling crime novels by Stieg Larsson.

The first, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” is being helmed by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, with its premiere set for early 2009. Production on No. 2 will start in late 2008. It is still not official who will helm the third one, “The Air Castle That Crumbled.” The first film is for theatrical, while the other two will go straight to DVD and ancillary.

The three novels, about an investigating reporter and a female hacker, have sold in more 2.3 million copies in Sweden alone. The books are major hits in countries like France and Germany.

The films, which star Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace, are produced by Yellow Bird, SvT, Nordisk Film and German ZDF Enterprises. The total budget for the project is $16 million.

Alfredson’s latest drama “Wolf” is in Swedish theaters now. It is based on a short story by author Kerstin Ekman and stars Peter Stormare.

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