Sony is hoping to revive The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo franchise possibilities by skipping to the fourth novel in the series, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB. Writer Steven Knight is in early talks to pen the script.
The series follows superhacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they find themselves at the center of a tangled web of spies, cyber-criminals, and corrupt governments. The original trilogy was written by Stieg Larsson, but after his death in 2004 David Lagercrantz was hired to write the fourth novel.
Stars of the initial American version of the series, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, as well as director David Fincher, are expected to return. Craig has options for two sequels, but reports say that he would want to a pay raise. As the budget on the new film will be much lower, it would make Craig’s return impossible. Mara beat out a slew of “it-girls” for the role of Salander, and it is likely any of them would be willing to take over the role now.
Scott Rudin will return to produce along with Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon.
The second novel in the series, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is not necessarily dead, with the studio planning to make the fourth film first.
Knight was a creator of the Netflix series Peaky Blinders, as well as writing this summer’s Pawn Sacrifice and the currently-in-theaters Burnt. Next year will see November Criminals hit the big screen, which Knight wrote as well as executive producing.
He is repped by CAA and United Artists in the U.K.
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Emily J | Staff Writer