Sony Pictures is officially moving ahead with a The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, slated to hit theaters October 5, 2018.
The new film in Millenium series will be helmed by in-demand director Fede Alvarez, who directed surprise hit Don’t Breathe. Skipping over the next two books in the series The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, The Girl in the Spider’s Web will serve as a soft reboot of the franchise. Rooney Mara, who portrayed heroine Lisbeth Salander, and Daniel Craig, who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist will not return to the roles. Early word had Sony seriously courting the appropriately Swedish Alicia Vikander for the role of Salander, but the actress officially has passed on the part. Whereas the other books in the series have all been adapted for film in Sweden, Spider’s Nest will be the first to begin with an English adaptation.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the series and the first not penned by Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004. Writer David Lagercrantz took over for Larsson and released the novel in 2015. Steven Knight, Fede Alvarez, Jay Basu adapted the book for the screen. Scott Rudin, Søren Stærmose, Ole Søndberg, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush, and Berna Levin will produce; the executive producers are Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Line Winther Skyum Funch, Johannes Jensen, and Tattoo director David Fincher.
The announcement of the release date was delivered at the London Book Fair in tandem with a celebration for the upcoming fifth Millennium book, written by Lagercrantz.
“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,” said Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures. “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.”