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Sony's Dragon Tattoo sequel moving forward without Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Story by Jack Foley

SONY is reportedly moving forward with a sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – but without the original US leads Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the distributor plans to jump forward a few books and adapt The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth thriller in the Millennium saga, which was written by David Lagercrantz using characters created by the late Stieg Larsson.

The Wrap, meanwhile, reports that Alicia Vikander, of Ex_Machina and The Man From UNCLE fame, is the current favourite to take on the lead role.

The book has already become a best-seller and attracted generally positive reviews.

The movie adaptation would be a reboot for the franchise, of sorts, with Sony reportedly keen to keep down costs this time. The Daniel Craig version, a remake of the original Swedish film, cost $90m and was directed by David Fincher, who is also not expected to return.

However, despite positive reviews and an Oscar nomination for Mara, the film struggled to make as much as the box office as had been hoped.

The $223m it did make world-wide, however, prompted Sony to pay the film’s screenwriter, Steven Zaillian, a mid-seven-figure salary to write a script for The Girl Who Played With Fire – but this was deemed too expensive to make with the existing team.

If rumours are to be believed, Sony may wait until after Spider’s Web to adapt Fire.

The company is reportedly in talks with Steven Knight to adapt Spider’s Web. Knight is best known for Tom Hardy drama Locke, TV’s Peaky Blinders and gangster thriller Eastern Promises. His most recent offering, Bradley Cooper’s chef drama Burnt, has failed to catch fire at the US box office though.

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