For years now we’ve been wondering if we will ever see a sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Despite the popularity of the novels by Stieg Larsson, the 2011 film earned just $230 million worldwide on a $90 million budget, leaving adaptations of both The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest up in the air. Although the Sony hack supposedly revealed tentative plans for the franchise to continue, Fincher’s involvement remained a major question mark. Now this week it looks like Sony has decided to go a different route with the franchise, choosing to adapt the fourth book in the series with a brand new cast and creative team. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Sony has hired Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) to adapt the fourth book in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The book was written by David Lagercrantz after Stieg Larsson’s death in 2004 and continues the adventures of hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Scott Rudin will return to produce along with Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon (Concussion).
While the decision to do the fourth book seems strange, it may have something to do with sidestepping contracts for both David Fincher and Daniel Craig. Craig was supposedly asking for a pay raise for the sequel, which was a major problem for Sony considering that they wanted to lower the budget for the next film. However, sources say that The Girl Who Played With Fire could still end up getting made after The Girl in the Spider’s Web, especially because they already paid mid-seven figures for Steven Zaillian’s script. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is rumoured to be an early candidate to play the new Lisbeth Salander. Are you disappointed by this news? Who would you like to see direct a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?