The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be directed by Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alverez.
Best known for his work on Evil Dead and the recent horror movie Don’t Breathe, Alverez confirmed the news today (Nov 15).
Speaking to Digital Spy about his involvement with The Girl in the Spider’s Web, he said; “I cannot tell you that much about the project other than yes – it’s true, it’s correct, I will be directing, and we’re very excited about it. We’re still in conversations with the studio about certain things, but it does look like our next movie and we’ll be actively bold also in the story. We’re starting with a great script by Steven Knight and we’ll continue working on it to put our style and imprint in it. But we’re very excited about it.”
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth novel in the Millennium series written by David Lagercrantz, and the first not to have been authored by the series’ creator Stieg Larsson. Larsson passed away on November 9, 2004, before the three books were published adapted on film.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web will act as the sequel to David Fincher’s US adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which starred Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Stellan Skarsgard. Alvarez couldn’t confirm whether Mara or Craig would be reprising their roles as Lisbeth and Mikael respectively, adding: “Those are all decisions that haven’t been made yet.”
The film will also be written by Peaky Blinders‘ Steven Knight who previously spoke to Collider about the project, stating; “A commission and an original are two different things, and both have their virtues and vices.”
“A commission is a bit more collaborative, in that you outline the story that you think should be told, and then you write it,” he continued. “And then there are notes and you change it, in the conventional studio system. But it was great fun to do because of the central character [Lisbeth Salander]. With The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the girl is really the central character. She’s the whole thing. It’s not really [Mikael] Blomkvist.”
He also revealed that as “a couple of books have been skipped” The Girl in the Spider’s Web “is different, in that sense.” He continued, “It’s really taking a very strong central character and thinking, how do you execute this? It’s quite different.”