It appears that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise has substantive news to divulge – well, regarding its original book series, anyway. While The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the belated sequel to the touted-but-underperforming U.S. 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, scrambles for a starlet to replace Rooney Mara as inked investigator Lisbeth Salander, the book series created by the late Stieg Larsson and continued by David Lagercrantz, will have a fifth book.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye will be the vengeance-telegraphing fifth outing of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books, collectively referred to as the Millennium series. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group made the official announcement, revealing that author David Lagercrantz will, for a second time, continue the canon of the Millennium novels originally authored Stieg Larsson, who passed away back in 2004. Lagercrantz first continued the Millennium series with the 2015 novel The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which, perplexingly enough, will serve as inspiration for the upcoming movie continuation, skipping the two novels that rounded out Larsson’s original trilogy. With Eye for an Eye, the exploits of Lisbeth Salander and partner Mikael Blomkvist will apparently take an even darker turn. Editor Sonny Mehta teases with possibly intentional redundancy:
“Revenge is not a fantasy for Lisbeth and in this new book, she exacts it with a vengeance.”
Outside the realm of cinema, the Millennium series maintain popularity in their own right, with Larsson’s posthumously published original trilogy in 2005’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2009’s The Girl Who Played with Fire and 2010’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (originally adapted as films in Sweden starring Noomi Rapace) and Lagercrantz’s 2015 offering The Girl in the Spider’s Web have collectively sold 85 million copies in 50 territories, 24 million of which came from U.S.
As for the upcoming sequel/reboot film The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Fede Alavarez, known from the Don’t Breathe films and the Evil Dead remake from 2013, is currently signed up as its director. While recent rumors pointed to A-list actresses in Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman as prime candidates to replace Rooney Mara in her transformative role as Lisbeth in David Fincher’s 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, that notion, at least for now, remains unsubstantiated.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye will arrive on book shelves on Sept. 12. However, the cinematic return of Lisbeth Salander – barring any more delays – will manifest through a new actress, with The Girl in the Spider’s Web planned to hit theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.