Stieg Larsson, who wrote "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest," which became hugely popular after his death, left a $38 million fortune to his father and brother.
His brother, Joakim Larsson has now fought back against Stieg's longtime companion who made claims that his family is commercializing Larsson's legacy for profit. Eva Gabrielsson, the writer's partner of three decades, inherited nothing because the couple wasn't married and there wasn't a will when Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004.
"They already have so much money. I think there's a limit somewhere," Gabrielsson said on a TV show last week, as reported by the Associated Press. "How much are you going to scrape from the bottom of the barrel?"
Gabrielsson is releasing a novel this week in Sweden, describing her life with the author. It was reported recently that she also plans to complete Larsson's fourth novel from the Millennium series, which Larsson had completed 200 pages of before his death.
Joakim Larsson got on the same show last week and said that the family intends to donate most of the inheritance to charities and causes that Stieg supported, like the anti-racist Expo magazine where the author was employed. Joakim denied that any exploitation had occurred.
"There are no T-shirts or coffee mugs," Joakim said on the talk show. "We've paid our lawyers to stop that. We've even received a request about an operetta from Taiwan, but we've said no to that."
Larsson's trilogy has sold around 50 million copies, been made into movies by a Swedish production company and is currently being reworked in Hollywood and will star Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. Trent Reznor has recently signed on to do the soundtrack.
The 3-part story follows a computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander, who helps a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist in his investigations.
The first installment of the movies, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is set for release on December 21, 2011.