The success of Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy films and novels is definitely bittersweet. The author never lived to see 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and his other works come to life on screen -- or to see himself achieve the title of best-selling author -- before he died of a heart attack at only 50-years-old. His long time companion Eva Gabrielsson has been battling with Larsson's family over the rights to control his work. Larsson's will left her with no legal claim to the inheritance because the couple were never married and Swedish law doesn't recognize common-law unions. Now, Gabrielsson is in possession of a laptop containing an unpublished manuscript which has recently been confirmed by the Larsson family to be the fifth book in the Milennium series, not the fourth as had previously been suggested.

Larsson's brother Joakim spoke to CBS Sunday. "I got an e-mail from Stieg 10 days before he died, where he said that book four is nearly finished," he said. "To make it more complicated, this book No. 4 -- that's book No. 5, because he thought that was more fun to write." The author intended to complete a series of ten books, which have been rumored to exist in various forms since his death, but the truth surrounding the remaining manuscripts has been as shrouded in mystery as some of Larsson's plots.

A publicist from Larsson's UK publisher Quercus said the CBS interview was a surprise -- not realizing that the manuscript in question was close to being finished. She added, "None of us has seen anything and nothing has been agreed in terms of publishing it." This summer a friend of Larsson's revealed the possible setting of the fourth book to be in a "remote area of northern Canada, Sachs Harbour, with numerous wild animals but fewer than 150 inhabitants."

So whether or not this fourth novel (or fifth ... ) will ever appear in print or on screen is anyone's guess at this point. The legal entanglements over Larsson's estate could very well keep the manuscript tied up for years, a fate many fans would find more disturbing than the tales of sexual sadism and murder made so popular in the earlier releases.

In related news, the first fuzzy images of Rooney Mara on set as Lisbeth Salandar in David Fincher's version of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' have made their way online via Rooney-Mara.com. Check out a couple of the better shots below.



[via: The Guardian]
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