Apparently, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the franchise with eight legs and nine lives. Five years after David Fincher's superb US remake of the Swedish movie hit theaters (and countless sequel rumors later), Sony Pictures have finally given the green light to a sequel. It's good news if you like American movies about Swedish people speaking in accents which are vaguely European at best. I do, for the record.
Variety reports that Fede Alvarez, the man who directed this summer's surprise horror hit #DontBreathe, is stepping up into blockbuster territory with The Girl In The Spider's Web. For those not familiar with Stieg Larsson's novels, this isn't actually one of them — it's an all-new story written by David Lagercrantz with the permission of Larsson's estate (the author died in 2004 after completing his trilogy).
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, played by Rooney Mara and #DanielCraig in #DragonTattoo, are again the protagonists of The Girl In The Spider's Web, but there's no news on whether either star will return. Craig is highly unlikely to, considering he's busy shooting Purity when this movie shoots next year, but Mara recently said she'd be willing to play #Salander once again (and personally I hope so, because her portrayal of the hacker was an absolute blinder).
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In Lagercrantz's novel, Blomkvist is drawn back into Salander's dark web when her name crops up in the story of a criminal organization known as the Spider Society. British writer Steven Knight, creator of Tom Hardy's acclaimed TV series Peaky Blinders, will write the script for Spider's Web, with Alvarez apparently in advanced negotiations to sign on as director. If you missed Don't Breathe, check out the trailer below for a taste of Alvarez's talents:
Marvel Comics fans might be especially interested in the new movie — in the book, Agent Needham of the USA's National Security Agency codenames the hackers he's hunting Wasp and Thanos, while the Spider Society clearly references Janet Van Dyne's comic book nemeses. Marvel, it seems, has tentacles everywhere.
The Girl In The Spider's Web is due to begin shooting in 2017, presumably for a release the following year, meaning we should know soon enough whether or not Rooney Mara will return to her punk breakout roots as Salander. Fingers crossed. Relive the epic opening credits of Fincher's Dragon Tattoo below:
Should Mara return as Salander in The Girl In The Spider's Web, or will this movie turn out to be one blazing hot mess?