Fede Alvarez To Direct Sony’s Dragon Tattoo Reboot ‘THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB’
Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez will direct Sony’s upcoming reboot THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, based on the fourth book written by David Lagercrantz. This marks the return of cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium series created by Stieg Larsson, Lisbeth Salander. Alvarez will direct based on a script cowritten by him & Jay Basu and Steven Knight.
This new film will feature an entirely new cast and the announcement marks the kickoff of a global search for an actress who can play the iconic role of Salander. Production will begin in September of this year, with a release date for October 5, 2018.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be the first in the bestselling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaption. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, with an English remake of the Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide, but plans for the sequel did not moved forward.
Scott Rudin, Søren Stærmose, Ole Søndberg, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush and Berna Levin will be producing, with Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Line Winther Skyum Funch, Johannes Jensen and David Fincher executive producing.
The announcement was made today at the London Book Fair during a celebration for the fifth Millennium book launch, and also Lagercrantz. Sony’s Columbia Pictures still retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.
Sanford Panitch, President of Columbia Pictures said:
“In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely Sui generis– probably one of the greatest literary characters of all time in my view. Modern punk defiance personified, she is unforgettable in every incarnation, truly one of the most compelling characters we’ve seen in recent years. David Lagercrantz’s brilliant work in continuing this remarkable series honors Stieg Larsson’s masterpiece. We at Sony are so honored to be part of this series with Yellowbird, and we’re so excited to be making an original film of THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB. Fede Alvarez is the perfect choice to direct. Fede is an amazing director with a unique version of the world. In particular, his talent and skill in creating psychological intensity will bring Lisbeth Salander back into popular movie culture with a roar.”
“I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity. Sony has become family to me and I can’t think of a more thrilling project to celebrate our relationship. Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life. We’ve got a great script and now comes the most fun part– finding our Lisbeth.”
The Girl in the Spider’s Web follows Salander’s ambitious hacking doings, which put her in the crosshairs of the National Security Agency; Blomkvist; meanwhile, is feeling stagnant after his magazine Millennium, has exposed the Salander-related scandal perpetrated by the government. It’s not long before the two of them embark on a solving a twisty new mystery together.
The Millennium Series is a worldwide bestseller, with the four books selling over 86 million copies since their debut.