“Lisbeth Salander is back”
The Dragon Tattoo franchise is not dead after all. During a celebration for the fifth Millennium book launch, Sony’s Columbia Pictures, which maintains the rights to all future Millennium Series books, announced that the next movie of the Dragon Tattoo series is coming to theaters in 2018.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web, by David Lagercrantz, will be adapted on screen with a new cast, and directed by Fede Alvarez, (Don’t Breathe), from a screenplay by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.
The production will begin next September, and the movie is set to hit theaters October 5, 2018.
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Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, said:
“In all of contemporary literature, Lisbeth Salander is completely sui generis – probably one of the greatest female 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 vision 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.”
Fede Alvarez said:
“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 first movie of the franchise was released in 2011, directed by David Fincher with Rooney Mara as ‘Lisbeth Salander ‘ and Daniel Craig as ‘Mikael Blomkvist’. The movie got 5 Academy Award nominations including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Rooney Mara and won one trophy for Best Achievement in Film Editing.
At the Box Office, the movie earned $102 Million domestically, and $232 worldwide with $90 Million budget.