Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sequel Finds Director, Is Being "Fast-Tracked" - Report

The Girl in the Spider's Web will reportedly enter production in 2017.


Sony Pictures may have found a director for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl in the Spider's Web. Sources told Variety that Fede Alvarez, who directed this year's well-received horror movie Don't Breathe and 2013's Evil Dead, is "the choice" to direct Spider's Web.

The movie is based on the David Lagercrantz novel, who continued the Stieg Larsson series after the author died in 2004. In the book, according to Variety, main character Lisbeth Salander "teamed up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to enter a world of a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives--some willing to kill to protect their secrets."

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Salander was played by Rooney Mara in 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with James Bond star Daniel Craig portraying Blomkvist. Whether or not they will return for the sequel remains to be seen.

Variety reports that Spider's Web has been a "high priority" for Sony since it picked up the rights to the book last year. The film is now being "fast-tracked" and will reportedly enter production in 2017. Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight is writing the screenplay for Spider's Web.

David Fincher directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The movie won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Film Editing, while Mara earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo made around $233 million from a $90 million budget, but this was ultimately what co-financiers MGM described as a "modest loss." Fincher's film followed the acclaimed Swedish adaptations of Larsson's three Millennium books, which starred Noomi Rapace as Salander.

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