Music Box Films has picked up U.S. rights to Swedish hit thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which has grossed almost $100 million internationally reports Screen Daily.
The $13 million feature, titled "Men Who Hate Women" in its home county and outside western territories, is the first in the "Millennium" trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's international bestsellers.
The story follows a disgraced journalist and a misunderstood rebellious female hacker investigating the 40-year-old disappearance of a industrialist's niece on a remote island. Their investigations uncover religious killings, Nazism, rape, child abuse and murder.
The next two books have already been filmed, the second entitled "The Girl Who Played with Fire" having opened a few weeks ago and has already grossed $16 million in just four European territories. The third, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", is due for a cinematic release in November in Sweden.
Music Box has slated a North American release in March 2010. If 'Tattoo' proves a success in the US, it's likely the next two films will be picked up and released there throughout next year.