A sequel to David Fincher‘s 2011 film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has always been a bit up in the air. While the film did fine, it certainly didn’t light the box office on fire with a domestic box office take of $102,515,793 on a $90 million budget. Despite having a large built in audience for the Stieg Larsson best selling novels, lots of fans preferred to just stay home and watch the superior Swedish version. While there were rumblings that a sequel — The Girl In The Spider’s Web — might eventually become a reality, it seemed like a far off venture. Despite Rooney Mara getting an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of goth hacker Lisbeth Salander, there was even talk of replacing her with current It Girl Alicia Vikander, should the film actually happen. Mara quickly shot down those rumors, claiming that she was still very game to be a part of the potential sequel.
Well, it looks like The Girl In The Spider’s Web is taking another step forward towards existence. According to Variety, Sony has found their desired director for the film. Fresh off of his terrifying hit, Don’t Breathe, Fede Alvarez has become the frontrunner in this race. The script has already been written by Steven Knight, and Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, and Yellow Bird’s Ole Søndberg and Søren Stærmose will be producing, so locking in a director is the next big step for production. Since Sony acquired the rights to the project in 2015, they’ve worked to get the film ready for a 2017 release.
The novel The Girl In The Spider’s Web was actually written by David Lagercranz following Larsson’s death, so the film would skip the events of The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Considering the interminably long court scenes in the series’ second novel, this is probably a good choice.