The Girl In The Spider’s Web Has Found Its Director

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy was an immensely popular series of books that seemed destined for the screen. Unfortunately, the series stalled after the first Hollywood adaptation. However, the characters look to be on their way back to the big screen now that a director has been hired for the next film. Following the news that Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez was in talks to helm the movie, it now appears that a deal has been reached.

The status of any sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hasn't been very clear for quite some time. The American version of the film starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara failed to find an audience at the box office and didn't put up the numbers the studio was expecting, especially considering the popularity of the novels at the time. While talk of filming the follow-ups, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest never really died off, they also never really went anywhere. Now, it appears they're moving forward with the plan of making the next sequel based on the first book written after the original author's death. David Lagercrantz has taken over the trilogy and written The Girl in the Spider's Web.

Fede Alvarez has been cutting his teeth on straight horror of late, being responsible for the recent remake of Evil Dead as well as the popular Don't Breathe. Alvarez confirmed to Coming Soon that The Girl with the Spider's Web will be his next film, ahead of an anticipated sequel to Don't Breathe.

Now that the movie has a director, we have to wonder if the film has a cast. While the two lead roles, of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, have been portrayed on screen, it was back in 2011 and considering that film didn't do as expected, it's possible that the reason that Sony is leapfrogging a couple of stories is to give the franchise some breathing room and start from scratch. Rooney Mara has expressed interest in returning to play Salander on multiple occasions, so she'll be there if they want her, though even Mara seems to know that's unlikely. Daniel Craig seems less likely, there were apparently some concerns regarding money with the original film. If they could get both actors back there could be some hope of making The Girl with the Spider's Web a true sequel, but if not it's very likely they'll call this a reboot of the franchise and start over.

Would you like to see a true sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or is now a good time to start fresh? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Dirk Libbey
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