'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' To Become A Graphic Novel

Based on prolific adaptation across media alone, it seems the late Stieg Larsson's three-novel "Millennium series" could become as cemented a literary serial institution as Robert Ludlum's "Bourne" novels, Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series or even the "Twilight" or "Harry Potter" sagas - though in much more grim fashion, and without wizards or sparkly undead.

News from Advocate.com points toward the "Dark Tower" comparison being the most reasonable: Scottish writer Denise Mina has been given the Larsson estate's blessing to adapt "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - the novel getting its second adaptation into a film, directed by David Fincher, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and opening Dec. 20 - and its two sequels into graphic novels.

Advocate reports that Mina has nearly finished writing the first novel, presumably to be "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," with Leonardo Manco on board to illustrate it.

Manco is probably best known for his work on DC Comics' "Hellblazer" franchise, but the Argentinean artist currently is assigned to Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" spin-off "War Machine."

Mina has expressed relief that Larsson's estate has given her sufficient leeway to make some creative changes. Specifically, she takes some issue with the way female lead Lisbeth Salander - the role for which Mara has garnered a 2012 Golden Globe nomination - confronts a past riddled with sexual abuse.

She assured that it won't be change for the sake of change. It's change to do better by a character Mina clearly loves and respects like a cherished girlfriend.

"I'm not changing that much [but] I think for most women there are problematic aspects of the story," Mina explained. "Lisbeth Salander is just a brilliant character. She is the main event for me. But she is a survivor of sexual abuse and I think every so often [Larsson] doesn't realize how frightened she is most of the time. I wanted to put those bits in."