It’s been six years since the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Sony has announced it will be returning to the Millennium series with a new cast and director.
The new film won’t be a remake of the second book in the Stieg Larsson-penned series, The Girl Who Played with Fire, nor will it star Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. David Fincher won’t be returning either – Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez will take the helm of an adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the 2015 novel set in the Millennium universe and written by David Lagercrantz.
It’s a bold move to start afresh but given Spider’s Web isn’t an “official” part of the Larsson franchise, it makes sense. Alvarez is a good choice, having demonstrated his flair for suspense thrillers with Don’t Breathe.
“I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Alvarez said in a statement. “Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part – finding our Lisbeth.”
Ultimately the film’s success will depend on who plays ‘The Girl’, a role nailed by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish trilogy.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is scheduled for an October 2018 release.