A follow-up to the big screen thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is in the works. Surprisingly, it’s not an adaptation of the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, but of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the first of these novels and not written by Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004.
Written by David Lagercrantz, the storyline of the bestselling book follows lovable hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they get entangled in a sinister web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials while attempting to uncover information so important to the United States that people are willing to go to any lengths to get it.
Negotiating to write the screenplay is Steven Knight (Burnt).
An obvious question is, why are filmmakers skipping ahead to the fourth book in the Millennium series? According to The Hollywood Reporter: “The move doesn’t mean Girl Who Played With Fire is altogether dead. After all, Sony paid mid-seven figures for Steven Zaillian’s script for Girl Who Played With Fire, one of the most expensive adaptations to date. But the plan for now is for Spider’s Web to precede Girl Who Played With Fire. And once again, the role of Salander will be hotly pursued by Hollywood’s young actresses.”
Many moviegoers will be disappointed to learn that Rooney Mara, who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Salander in the first movie, will not be returning to the franchise for this installment. Daniel Craig, best known as the current James Bond, will not reprise his role as Blomkvist. Acclaimed director David Fincher won’t be returning either.
Although the 2011 English language adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo made a sizable profit at the box office, the big budget project still fell below expectations. All things considered, this new, reportedly scaled down movie, appears to be more of a reboot than a straight sequel.