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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