The first adaptation of the Millennium series was an out and out smash hit. The Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo skyrocketed the career of Noomi Rapace in 2009 as the title scored an incredible $104.3m at the box office from their modest $13m investment.
This spawned two sequels from Stieg Larsson's novels, including The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. All three were released in 2009 until an American remake of the original would surface in 2011 from iconic director David Fincher.
Now a fifth motion picture will debut from the fourth book in the series, but not from the same writer. The Girl in the Spider's Web was controversially written by David Lagercrantz in 2015. And, with the help of filmmaker Fede Alvarez, the adventures of the central protagonist Lisbeth Salander will continue.
Salander A Modern Punk Icon: Columbia
President of Columbia Pictures Sanford Panitch clearly wanted to install some confidence in the project courtesy of a public statement.
"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," he remarked. "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."
Sony Gamble on One of Uruguay's Finest
39-year old South American Fede Alvarez has limited experience when it comes to helming a picture of this scope. But he has some grounding in the business. Directing the television adaptation of From Dusk till Dawn and a handful of movies including Evil Dead and 2016's Don't Breathe, the Uruguayan admitted the chance to cast a new Salander and work with the source material was a temptation he could not turn down.
"I'm hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity," said Alvarez. "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."
Jay Basu and Steven Knight will assist Alvarez write the screenplay with a release date mooted for October 5, 2018.