After an arduous wait following David Fincher’s exceptional 2011 adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a new Lisabeth Salander narrative is finally en route, but sadly without Rooney Mara.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web – penned after Larsson’s death by David Lagercrantz – will be receiving the silver screen treatment, which is scheduled for an October 2018 release, and will see a new director, new writers, and an entirely new cast in charge of bringing the latest instalment in the Millennium odyssey to life.
Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe, will helm the project from a screenplay by Steven Knight, with Alvarez & Jay Basu. Scott Rudin, Søren Stærmose, Ole Søndberg, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush, and Berna Levin will produce; whilst Fincher will serve as an executive producer alongside Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Line Winther Skyum Funch, and Johannes Jensen.
The film, which has been acquired by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures, will begin the hunt for their leading lady right away, as principal photography is set for a September start this year. Director Alvarez said: “I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity. 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.”