The other week came word that Sony Pictures was moving forward with “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” a film adaptation of the fourth book to feature the iconic Lisbeth Salander character first introduced in Stieg Larsson’s novel “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.
The project was coming in the wake of David Fincher’s film adaptation of that first novel back in 2011 for the studio, but it was reported that Fincher and that film’s stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were not expected to return.
Indeed, by jumping ahead to the more standalone ‘Spider’s Web,’ as opposed to the interconnected second and third books, it looked as if Sony was doing a mini-reboot which would be in line with their goals to make the next entry and much cheaper adaptation (Fincher’s ‘Girl’ cost a whopping $90 million).
“The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” actress Alicia Vikander was even touted as the potential new Lisbeth. However, Mara is still under the distinct impression she’s still set in the part and no-one has told her she isn’t coming back. She tells E! Online today: “As far as I know I’m doing it until someone tells me otherwise”
Mara has long expressed her enthusiasm about playing the role again, a role which scored her an Oscar nomination, but would she do so without Fincher? Steven Knight (“Locke,” “Burnt,” “Eastern Promises”) is writing the script for the new film which Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin will produce.