The people over at Entertainment Weekly are reporting today that Sony Entertainment is in fact going to move ahead with a much procrastinated on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, but they’re not going to approach it in the way that most fans might be expecting.
Instead of continuing on with the trilogy as laid out by author Steig Larson and making films for The Girl Who Played with Fire or The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest they will be adapting the book, The Girl in the Spiders Web, which was written posthumously by another author, David Lagercrantz. Allegedly they’re looking to adapt Fire as a followup to Spiders Web. It’s also being reported that the films stars, Roomy Mara and Daniel Craig, along with mega-director David Fincher, are all unlikely to return.
So, they question would seem to be, “why bother?”
In a world where the movie industry is focused on the ideas of reboots and remakes, it would seem that this is an attempt to revitalize the potential of the franchise, despite the fact that the 2011 American remake of the film fared pretty well with audiences and critics and sits with an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the ratings, the film was not a runaway success at the box-office having only taking in just over $102M with a $90M production budget. While the film was not without its faults and fans of the original book and Swedish TV adaptations had some complaints, by and large, everyone was initially expecting that the series would carry on. After years of waiting, however, it was presumed that franchise was dead and that would be that. Until today of course…
The Wrap is also reporting that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, Man from U.N.C.L.E.) will take over the lead from Roomy Mara, as Lisbeth Salander, and that Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke, and Peaky Blinders) is said to be adapting the script.
So, is this a good idea on Sony’s part or is this an ill-conceived plan to revitalize a somewhat middling franchise? Does it make you excited to see Lisbeth Salander return to the big screen sans Mara or should the project be scrapped altogether. Have you read any of the books after other authors took over for Larson? Are they any good?
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