Lisbeth Salander will hack again on the big screen but not in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Instead, Sony is putting its focus on book No. 4 in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the first book famously not written by creator Stieg Larsson.
The studio is in early talks with Steven Knight (Burnt) to adapt the novel, which became an international best seller after it was published in September.
Sources say that neither Rooney Mara, who nabbed a best actress Oscar nomination for Dragon Tattoo, nor Daniel Craig will be back, and the studio sees the new book as an opportunity to start the franchise over. Ditto for Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher, who is not expected to return to Salander universe.
Though 2011’s Tattoo made $233 million worldwide, the film was deemed too expensive for a hard-R film thanks to a $90 million budget. The studio has options on Craig for two sequels, but the actor was said to want a pay raise, making his return impossible given the studio’s mandate to make Spider’s Web at a much lower budget.
The move doesn’t mean Girl Who Played With Fire is altogether dead. After all, Sony paid mid-seven figures for Steven Zaillian’s script for Girl Who Played With Fire, one of the most expensive adaptations to date. But the plan for now is for Spider’s Web to precede Girl Who Played With Fire. And once again, the role of Salander will be hotly pursued by Hollywood’s young actresses.
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Spectre was featured in the October 30 issue of Entertainment Weekly, and in two issues of GQ magazine for next month, British and South Africa. I have added scans to the gallery.
The James Bond thriller “Spectre” opened to a record-smashing $80 million overseas this weekend, even better than the last 007 blockbuster “Skyfall” did in its international debut.
In the U.K., the film has taken in an estimated $64 million in its first seven days of release, the biggest opening run in that country’s box-office history. “Spectre” took the mark from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which was also released on a Monday and totaled $82 million in 2004.
And it set a record for the highest seven-day gross in U.K. box-office history, overtaking the last James Bond film, “Skyfall.” That one went on to gross $1.1 billion worldwide, and become the top franchise performer of all time.
“Spectre” opens in the United States on Friday
Source: The Wrap