Following much acclaim for his tense suspense horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe,” director Fede Alvarez has signed on to helm the upcoming film adaptation of David Lagercrantz’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” for Sony Pictures.
The book is the fourth novel in the Millennium series created by the late Stieg Larsson that began with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. The new film will serve as a minor reboot with the announcement confirming that a whole new cast will be utilised with a global search underway for an actress to portray the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander. A separate report in Variety suggests that both Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are in consideration for the role.
“Spider’s Web” is more of a standalone entry, as opposed to the second and third books which are a two-parter and heavily tied to ‘Dragon Tattoo’, which explains its use as a minor reboot. All three previous books in the series were adapted for Swedish TV with Noomi Rapace in the role, while Rooney Mara played Salander in David Fincher’s previous film adaptation.
Alvarez, Steven Knight and Jay Basu are penning the project which aims to begin production this September ahead of an October 5th 2018 release. Scott Rudin, Soren Staermose, Ole Sondberg, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush, and Berna Levin will produce.
The announcement came during a press launch of the fifth book in the series, “The Man who Chased his Shadow,” which is also by Lagercrantz. It hits stores in September. The previous four books have sold over 86 million copies since their debut.
Source: Sony Pictures