‘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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