Remember back in 2011, when we actually thought David Fincher would direct the rest of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy? Then The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo underwhelmed on several fronts, and the key players started changing the subject whenever the follow-ups were brought up. The world turned, contracts probably expired, we got the very great Gone Girl in 2014, and all the Dragon Tattoo sequel chatter faded out.
But today Variety tells us there’s still a pulse in this sleeping franchise, with the news that Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) is in talks…to direct the fourth book in the series.
That’s right: Sony is prepping The Girl In The Spider’s Web, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz. To be fair, the project seems to have been announced a full year ago, with writer/director Steven Knight’s name attached, but I might have missed the part that said they were explicitly skipping the rest of Larsson’s work and going straight to this continuation novel.
So will this be a sequel, with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig returning as, respectively, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist? That seems…not likely. More of a soft reboot, then, and if it makes a bundle they’ll retrofit the middle books? Beats me. Hollywood’s crazy, y’all.
On the plus side: screenwriter Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) is no joke, and Alvarez certainly has a handle on suspense and mood. But both his feature films thus far have been plagued by a certain…well, rapey vibe that one can see going really south in Lisbeth Salander’s world. Godspeed, gentlemen.