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Fede Alvarez confirmed to direct The Girl in the Spider's Web

11.14.2016

The Girl in the Spider's Web Rooney Mara Daniel Craig Fede Alvarez

As a very big fan of David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, I was quite disappointed when it seemed unlikely that Sony Pictures and Fincher would be moving forward with adaptations of "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest". Rooney Mara, who starred in the American remake as Lisbeth Salander, had said that she didn't believe any of the sequels would see the light of day, but Sony wasn't about to let their expensive investment go to waste. Rather than continuing with "The Girl Who Played With Fire" or "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest", Sony will instead adapt David Lagercrantz's "The Girl in the Spider's Web", the fourth novel in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Fede Alvarez (DON'T BREATHE) was being eyed to take on directing duties for THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB earlier this month and now Coming Soon has confirmed that SPIDER'S WEB will indeed be Alvarez's next project. The project hasn't been officially confirmed by the studio just yet, but Steven Knight (ALLIED) was commissioned by Sony Pictures to pen the script and both Alvarez and his longtime producer and co-writer Rodo Sayagues will have script input as well as they look to turn the DRAGON TATTOO sequel into "something uniquely theirs." Speaking of sequels, there's been conflicting reports on whether THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB will function as a sequel or a remake, but Steven Knight set the record straight while speaking with Collider when he said that it's "definitely being conceived as a sequel."

It can’t be anything other than a sequel, but a couple of books have been skipped, so it is different, in that sense. It’s really taking a very strong central character and thinking, how do you execute this? It’s quite different.

Knight wouldn't give any clues as to casting, but if Sony really is treating this as a sequel rather than a reboot or remake, it'd be very strange if Rooney Mara didn't return to play Lisbeth Salander. Luckily for Sony, Mara has said that she'd definitely be down to step into Salander's shoes once again. As for Daniel Craig returning as Mikael Blomkvist, I suppose we'll have to keep our fingers crossed.

A synopsis of "The Girl in the Spider's Web" via Amazon:

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.

The feel bad movie of Christmas, love it. Still one of my favourite teaser trailers.

Source: Coming SoonCollider

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1:30PM on 11/15/2016
The "English" version off the film was terrible and this book is bloody boring unless you are a computer geek!!
The "English" version off the film was terrible and this book is bloody boring unless you are a computer geek!!
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10:16AM on 11/15/2016
Get Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace back. I honestly enjoyed the Swedish films way more than Fincher's version.
Get Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace back. I honestly enjoyed the Swedish films way more than Fincher's version.
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10:08AM on 11/15/2016
It would be a massive mistake for them not to ask Mara back for this. It's not like she's being difficult or demanding, she's basically saying "guys, I'm available, let's do this." As for Craig it would be silly for him to not return for the same reasons luke319 mentions below.
It would be a massive mistake for them not to ask Mara back for this. It's not like she's being difficult or demanding, she's basically saying "guys, I'm available, let's do this." As for Craig it would be silly for him to not return for the same reasons luke319 mentions below.
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9:07AM on 11/15/2016
Mara coming back would be a win-win: Sony would get a phenomenal actress who it seems was nearly universally praised in the role, and Mara would get a solid paycheck for playing a character she loves, theoretically making it so that she doesn't have to worry about taking paycheck parts (or at least has to take fewer of them) so that she can keep doing the indie/arthouse films that seem to be her bread and butter.

Craig on the otherhand, I would love to see return, but I have mixed feelings
Mara coming back would be a win-win: Sony would get a phenomenal actress who it seems was nearly universally praised in the role, and Mara would get a solid paycheck for playing a character she loves, theoretically making it so that she doesn't have to worry about taking paycheck parts (or at least has to take fewer of them) so that she can keep doing the indie/arthouse films that seem to be her bread and butter.

Craig on the otherhand, I would love to see return, but I have mixed feelings on. I've heard critics go both ways on his performace. From Craig's PoV it seems like it'd make a lot of sense to return. His tenure as Bond is winding down and this would help him to stay in the limelight, remain a viable leading man, and help him further distance himself from being "just" a Bond actor. However, he certainly wasn't as universally praised as Mara and he would also likely come with a hefty price tag. If Sony is looking to cut costs, I could see them recasting with a less expensive actor who critics might warm to a little more.
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10:58PM on 11/14/2016
Given how much I like Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, this can only be good news. I figured Fincher would never come back for a sequel, but I always hoped Mara and Craig would return.
Given how much I like Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, this can only be good news. I figured Fincher would never come back for a sequel, but I always hoped Mara and Craig would return.
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10:21PM on 11/14/2016
I enjoy his directing (did a quality job with Don't Breathe) and think he definitely has the chops for this -- but I don't quite understand the decision to jump straight to this book (which I didn't bother to read since it wasn't by the original author) and skip two excellent stories and a chance to make a killer thriller trilogy? Seems like odd choice and a missed opportunity. Am guessing part of the choice is monetary, and if they're worried about that, it was a problem giving the first
I enjoy his directing (did a quality job with Don't Breathe) and think he definitely has the chops for this -- but I don't quite understand the decision to jump straight to this book (which I didn't bother to read since it wasn't by the original author) and skip two excellent stories and a chance to make a killer thriller trilogy? Seems like odd choice and a missed opportunity. Am guessing part of the choice is monetary, and if they're worried about that, it was a problem giving the first almost a $100 million budget, which it didn't need. They could direct the next two for 50-60 each, which is about the range a film like this should be...

Anyways, love these characters so I'll check it out, but I think it's a bad choice to skip ahead (and to the least popular novel).
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9:10AM on 11/15/2016
I'm guessing a major part of the decision to jump to the 4th book is that the studio has the freedom to treat it as either a sequel or a reboot. If they get the original cast back together -- then great, it's a sequel. If the cast proves to be too expensive/unavailable -- then great, it's a reboot. The script works just as well for either scenario.
I'm guessing a major part of the decision to jump to the 4th book is that the studio has the freedom to treat it as either a sequel or a reboot. If they get the original cast back together -- then great, it's a sequel. If the cast proves to be too expensive/unavailable -- then great, it's a reboot. The script works just as well for either scenario.
10:06PM on 11/14/2016
Good for Alvarez for having this chance to direct even though I would have liked to have seen Fincher return to progress what he started with Dragon Tattoo. He did a great job with Don't Breathe even though I found it to be more disgusting than scary. And I do hope that Mara returns to reprise the role since she was the best part of the first film and really embodied the character of Lisbeth to a T.
Good for Alvarez for having this chance to direct even though I would have liked to have seen Fincher return to progress what he started with Dragon Tattoo. He did a great job with Don't Breathe even though I found it to be more disgusting than scary. And I do hope that Mara returns to reprise the role since she was the best part of the first film and really embodied the character of Lisbeth to a T.
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