Despite the popularity of Stieg Larson’s book trilogy and the three Danish film adaptations, the US version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo did disappointing business, and plans to film the other two novels were nixed, though rumous of the possibility of this happening did appear every now and again. In September, Rooney Mara said that she was “not holding out hope any more” to return as Lisbeth Salander in a followup to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. However, it now seems that Sony is going to make the sequel after all, but with a difference. It’s now going to skip books two and three and be based on number four The Girl In The Spider’s Web, which was written David Lagercrantz following the death of Stieg Larsson, with the approval of the late author’s estate into gear.
Returning screenwriter Steven Knight spoke to Collider:
“The girl is really the central character. She’s the whole thing. It’s not really Blomkvist. However, it can’t be anything other than a sequel, but a couple of books have been skipped, so it is different, in that sense. It’s really taking a very strong central character and thinking, how do you execute this? It’s quite different.”
I don’t know how much sense the film will make, but one thing is sure: David Fincher, who battled the studio over the first movie, is certainly not returning, though the original producers are along with Knight. Rumours are already surfacing that Rooney Mara will return, something she herself seems to think will be the case, though there’s been no official statement of this, while there’s also talk of Alicia Vikander [who seems to be everywhere at the moment] taking over the role. Good news is that Fede Alvarez, who directed the far-better-than-expected Evil Dead remake and the striking Don’t Breath earlier this year, is directing. I think he’s quite an exciting filmmaker, and could be the man for the job.
As to whether lots of people are still interested in the further adventures of Lisbeth, I have my doubts though….