‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’: Steven Knight in Talks to Write Sequel


Sony’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” sequel is gaining traction, with Steven Knight in early talks to pen “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” sources tell Variety.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth book in the series and the only novel not written by series creator and author Stieg Larsson. Sources also indicate that stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, along with director David Fincher, will not return to the project as the studio is looking to reboot the entire series.

Scott Rudin will return to produce along with Amy Pascal, who greenlit the first film when she was co-chair of Sony.

This story follows hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they find themselves at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt governments.

2011’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” grossed $233 million worldwide, but given its $90 million budget, was seen as a slight disappointment given the global popularity of the books and the over-performance by the original film starring Noomi Rapace.

Knight most recently penned the “World War Z” sequel as well as Bradley Cooper’s “Burnt” and “Pawn Sacrifice” starring Tobey Maguire. He is repped by CAA and United Agents.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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  1. legaleagle1971 says:

    “Sources also indicate that stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, along with director David Fincher, will not return to the project as the studio is looking to reboot the entire series.”

    In other words, the new movie will suck.

  2. Michael Duda says:

    Let Sony know you want the original team back together!

  3. Glenn Pryce says:

    Yes I agree Ronney and Fincher or don’t bother ,Ronney was far better than Ropace for this role if you have read al three books you must agree she was made for the. Part.not that Ropace is not an exerlent actor in her own right !!

  4. Glenn Pryce says:

    Dump 007 But you must keep Ronney

  5. Brian says:

    Really bittersweet

  6. liam says:

    The original Scandinavian films were better than Daniel Craig film it was a travesty making it in the first place and then not bothering

    • therealeverton says:

      Not at all. The first was excellent and deficiencies in the adaptations, important info left out, made each sequel weaker by default.
      Fincher’s film was the best one, with a Lisbeth that matched the character we read in the book.

  7. francis says:

    no more reboots please….. I’m so tired of it.

  8. Robbie says:

    Noomi Rapace OWNS this role such a brilliant performance she was robbed of an Academy Award.

    • Ken says:

      I believe the original GIRL/TATTOO was produced for Swedish television…therefore making it ineligible for Oscar consideration.

    • therealeverton says:

      She was fantastic, but physically miscast and her size was a detriment to her being 100% Lisbeth, despite an amazing set of performances.

      Mara was a perfect fir and gave and equally excellent performance. She also benefited from a film that was more well rounded and excellently made.

  9. therealeverton says:

    Oh come on. Mara, Craig and Fincher are the reason the first American film worked, bring them back or don’t bother.

  10. Dean says:

    Don’t make the same mistake as Silence of the Lambs films, Bourne Identity films and many others. Keep the People in those Rolls.

  11. We want Mara and Fincher back, they were the ones that offered us something new – no small feat after the smashing original film adaptation. And you could surely write out the Blomqvist character, but losing Fincher and Mara is utterly foolish.

  12. HasaDiga says:

    This sounds horrible. Let me guess…an edgier Veronica Mars. The only reason I wanted an American one was because I thought the originals were TV movie quality (other than the amazing Rapace) and thought Fincher would capture (and did) the inherent darkness of the books. I guess if they’re blatantly going for the cash grab, why not start with the book made for the same reason. I will never be interested in this film.

    Also, Rooney also killed it as Salander.

  13. fictionmachine says:

    Without the participation of Fincher, Craig or Mara, I can’t say I’m that interested in this project.

  14. Ray Rauch says:

    Want Rooney Mara back!

  15. Zoe says:

    God, can`t they just let this die already?.

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