Sony Pictures is planning to reboot its “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” franchise by starting afresh and skipping over the trilogy that made it famous.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will be a film adaptation of the fourth book in the Millennium series and the first famously not written by the late Stieg Larsson. David Lagercrantz penned the story in which hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt governments.
The studio reportedly sees the film and book as an opportunity to start the franchise over with Steven Knight (“Burnt”) in early talks to adapt the script. Actors Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, along with director David Fincher, are NOT expected back.
Scott Rudin, who produced the Fincher adaptation, is expected to return though and will produce alongside Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Fincher’s 2011 adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” made $233 million worldwide from a $90 million budget. As the next two books in the series are intertwined, and the studio wants to make the next one at a much lower budget, they’re jumping ahead with the refresh.
Having paid a small fortune for Steven Zaillian’s script adaptation of the second book “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the plan seems to be that if ‘Spider’s Web’ is a success then they’ll proceed with ‘Fire’ and potentially the third book “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.”