Sony is moving forward with a sequel to 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, instead of adapting the second novel in the series, they are skipping straight to the fourth: The Girl in the Spider’s Web. We already knew that director David Fincher would not be returning for the follow-up, but it was never officially known whether or not the studio would be bringing back stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. Given that they just announced their search for a new actress to play series lead Lisbeth Salander, we now have our answer.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is coming to us courtesy of director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) and screenwriter Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, “Peaky Blinders“). That amount of talent alone alleviates my concern about Fincher and writer Steve Zaillian not coming back. Still, I had hoped that Sony would rope both Mara and Craig back in. It’s a shame that they aren’t, but here’s hoping that does not ultimately prove to be a mistake on their part.
A big part of the reason for neither actor returning appears to be the simple fact that they are no longer contracted to come back. Without a contract in place, they can ask for whatever fees they want and since Sony is trying to keep the budget down on this entry, it’s little wonder was to why they are recasting. Given the director and writer involved, part of me wonders if Sony might look at regular collaborators of both. Could we see Jane Levy as Salander and Tom Hardy as Mikael Blomkvist? Probably not, but it’s fun to imagine regardless.
Spider’s Web is, of course, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz. It is a continuation of the original trilogy of books penned by the late Stieg Larsson. The second and third books in Larsson’s initial trilogy, titled The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, actually comprise one long single narrative, so it’s easy to see why they were skipped in the aftermath of the first film underperforming. Perhaps Sony will consider adapting them after Spider’s Web, should it prove successful.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web arrives in theaters on October 5th, 2018.