We’ve been hearing for a couple of years now that Sony is planning to reboot The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series on the big screen with a new cast and director. David Fincher’s adaptation of the first book made $230 million worldwide on a $90 million budget back in 2011, but that was not deemed profitable enough to get the sequels greenlit. Now they are jumping ahead to the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and they’ve finally confirmed the rumours we heard last year that Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) will be at the helm. He is currently in the process of meeting with actresses to find the new Lisbeth Salander and they seem to have some pretty big names in the mix. Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, had this to say about the new film:
“In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis — probably one of the greatest female literary characters of all time in my view. Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years… David Lagercrantz’s brilliant work in continuing this remarkable series honors Stieg Larsson’s masterpiece. We at Sony are so honored to be part of this series with Yellowbird, and we’re so excited to be making an original film of ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web.’ Fede Alvarez is the perfect choice to direct. Fede is an amazing director with a unique vision of the world. In particular, his talent and skill in creating psychological intensity will bring Lisbeth Salander back into popular movie culture with a roar.”
The script was written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) along with Alvarez and Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent). Variety is reporting that both Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are among the actresses under consideration for the lead role, which is a bit surprising considering that they wanted to keep the budget down for this reboot. Johansson was up for the role in David Fincher’s film as well, although Rooney Mara ultimately ended up getting the gig. Either way, the movie already has a release date of Oct. 5th, 2018. Who would you like to see as the new Lisbeth?