Vertigo comics has made a few strange turns in recent years with some adaptations and movie tie-ins. This was not originally well received because, in general, those type of tie-in properties tend to just be promotional tools and fail to live up to quality. As they have come out, we have changed our tune about several of these. The Mad Max Fury Road books were all incredible, including the large volume they released with art from dozens of comics artists. The Django Unchained book was based directly from the original screenplay from Quentin Tarantino, and the Django/Zorro crossover, which immediately seemed like the height of comics siliness, was actually quite good because of the talent of Matt Wagner and the enthusiastic involvement of Quentin Tarantino.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was another port over, which was taken much more from the book than the two movie adaptation. The books by Steig Larson, called the “Millennium Trilogy,” crystalize ideas about patriarchy and violence again women into a mystery play that is incredibly engaging.
Now Vertigo is taking a few more leaps in their adaptation as they are allowing the Millennium books to get another alternative ending in their comics form. The comic books are being written by Swedish writer Sylvain Runberg, who, along with the artist Belen Ortega. David Lagercrantz published a sequel to the original Millennium books, which there were only three of. The story goes that Steig Larson did not actually publish any of these books when he was alive, but instead they were found after his death. There were three books completed, yet notes and fragments of other as well. This came into very public light when the books started making money and his will says that any money in his estate was to be donated to the French Communist Party. This ended up being millions and millions of dollars, all of which would be a surprise to Larson, and then a family member successfully contested this.
David Lagercrantz, a successful writer and journalist in Sweden, took up the mantle and wrote The Girl in the Spider’s Nest. After spending time with the Larson estate he felt he could write another sequel to the original trilogy, though he took some stylistic changes since he knew he should be true to his own voice rather than trying to imitate Larson’s.
Now Runbert and Ortega will be adapting The Girl in the Spider’s Nest as well, so Vertigo is joining in with the inclusion of these controversial sequels to the trilogy. Lagercrantz is intending on making this a second sequel, so you can expect two more at Vertigo as well.