The Hollywood Reporter says that Sony Pictures is in final talks to option the English-language film rights to Stieg Larsson's posthumously published crime thriller trilogy, the Millennium Series.
Scott Rudin is attached to produce along with Ole Sondberg and Søren Stærmose of Swedish production company Yellow Bird Films. Yellow Bird's Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez will executive produce.
Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) has been in discussions to adapt the first book, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," a best-seller in Europe that has gained in notoriety since Random House published it in the U.S.
The book describes the mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. A journalist recently dinged by a libel case and a young female hacker try to resolve it, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way.