Sony’s ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel May Have Found Its Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Fresh off the success of Sony’s “Don’t Breathe,” Sony Pictures is eyeing director Fede Alvarez for one of the studio’s major franchises.

Sources tell Variety Alvarez is the choice to direct “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Rooney Mara is attached to return.

Steven Knight penned the script with Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush and Yellow Bird’s Ole Søndberg, Berna Levin and Søren Stærmose on board to produce. David Beaubaire is overseeing for the studio.

The pic is based on the new novel by David Lagercrantz, who took over for the series after the original novel’s author Stieg Larsson died in 2004. In the novel, Salander teamed up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to enter a world of a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives — some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

The project has been high-priority for Sony since it acquired the rights to the book in 2015, and it immediately put Knight on the job to adapt the novel. The film is now fast-tracked to be made next year.

The choice came as Alvarez and Sony Pictures discussed the director’s potential next project for the studio, following his triumph on Sony’s “Don’t Breathe.”

Alvarez is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

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  1. Fede Alvarez is the wright choice, Bien Yorugua !!!

  2. Jonathon says:

    I am really intrigued by the line Rooney is attached to the project. Is there any way to confirm that or is that just vague Hollywood jargon?

  3. andyrffc says:

    It isn’t the sequel Hollywood. Two more excellent books before an OK (ish) ghost written by someone else. Nearly as good as having “man mountain” 6ft 3 Jack Reacher being played by little Tom Cruise… but Hollywood never was one for letting a good book get the better of a mediocre film…

  4. Vaughn Weber says:

    But this is book 4…..are you guys going to do the Jack Reacher thing and do book 9 then book 20? What is up with that?

  5. NELLY says:

    We want Rooney Mara to play Lisbeth !!!!

  6. Robert O'Dell says:

    It needs to be Craig and Mara or it looses my interest. I think they have waited this long in hopes we will accept different leads due to the long wait disconnect. Ain’t working for me.

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