Director David Fincher will have his hands full with his American adaptation of the novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The international best seller by Stieg Larsson is the first in a trilogy and according to Collider, the third installment entitled The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is set for domestic release later this month.

More importantly, there’s been word that the cinematic adaptation of Tattoo will hit theaters in December 2011 with Fincher and director Steve Zaillian working on it together. In case you don’t know what the film’s about, here is the synopsis:

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues.

Fincher and the people behind the project have high hopes for the film and are already talking about the sequel. And not just one but two sequels which would be shot back to back. That’s a lot of faith in a movie that has yet to be released. They must know something we don’t.

Have you read the book? Are you excited about the film coming out at the end of next year?