David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo received very positive reviews from critics and made over $230 million on a $90 million budget, so it’s surprising that a sequel hasn’t materialized yet. What was even more surprising was the announcement in November 2015 that Sony Pictures was moving ahead with the sequel, minus Fincher and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, and it would be based on the 4th book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Earlier today, the studio announced that they had brought on director Fede Alvarez (Don’t BreatheEvil Dead) to helm the film from a script he co-wrote with Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) and Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent).

Here’s the synopsis from the book:

A genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives—some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures had this to say in a statement:

“In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis – probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view. Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years. David Lagercrantz’s brilliant work in continuing this remarkable series honors Stieg Larsson’s masterpiece. We at Sony are so honored to be part of this series with Yellowbird, and we’re so excited to be making an original film of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Fede Alvarez is the perfect choice to direct. Fede is an amazing director with a unique vision of the world. In particular, his talent and skill in creating psychological intensity will bring Lisbeth Salander back into popular movie culture with a roar.”

Alvarez himself added:

“I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity. Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part – finding our Lisbeth.”

According to VarietyNatalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are among the actresses being considered for Lisbeth. Johansson campaigned for the part on the last film, but lost out to Rooney Mara. The rumors back in 2015 said the studio was looking at Alicia Vikander (Jason BourneEx Machina) to replace Mara as Lisbeth, but seeing as she’s busy filming the Tomb Raider reboot, I doubt that’s still on the table. Alvarez has a certain affinity for actress Jane Levy, and the role would be a natural fit for her so we’ll see what happens. Alvarez has also been attached to board game-based Monsterpocalypse, superhero action film Incognito, a sequel to Don’t Breathe and an adaptation of the video game Dante’s Inferno, so he doesn’t exactly have a light plate. I have a feeling this film is about to become his focus so check back here for casting updates.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is scheduled to be released October 5th, 2018.


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