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Old 11-04-15, 04:00 PM   #1
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Lisbeth Salander will hack again on the big screen but not in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Instead, Sony is putting its focus on book No. 4 in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider's Web, the first book famously not written by creator Stieg Larsson.

The studio is in early talks with Steven Knight (Burnt) to adapt the novel, which became an international best seller after it was published in September.

Sources say that neither Rooney Mara, who nabbed a best actress Oscar nomination for Dragon Tattoo, nor Daniel Craig will be back, and the studio sees the new book as an opportunity to start the franchise over. Ditto for Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher, who is not expected to return to Salander universe.

But Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rudin is returning to produce alongside Amy Pascal, who negotiated the rights in her exit package from the studio, and Elizabeth Cantillon (Concussion).

Written by David Lagercrantz — who was hired after Larsson passed away in 2004 — Spider's Web follows superhacker Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they find themselves at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt governments.

Though 2011's Tattoo made $233 million worldwide, the film was deemed too expensive for a hard-R film thanks to a $90 million budget. The studio has options on Craig for two sequels, but the actor was said to want a pay raise, making his return impossible given the studio's mandate to make Spider's Web at a much lower budget.

The move doesn't mean Girl Who Played With Fire is altogether dead. After all, Sony paid mid-seven figures for Steven Zaillian's script for Girl Who Played With Fire, one of the most expensive adaptations to date. But the plan for now is for Spider's Web to precede Girl Who Played With Fire. And once again, the role of Salander will be hotly pursued by Hollywood's young actresses.

Lagercrantz’s take was met with resistance by Larsson’s longtime girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson and even fans initially. But since publication, the book has been embraced by critics and the fan base. In September, Lagercrantz told THR that he views Salander as a classic superhero. "I saw her like Spiderman or Batman," he said. "She was not just this great character. She also had this great background — this mythology — and I really felt that I wanted to develop it, dig into it."

Knight is an Oscar-nominated writer for his immigration drama Dirty Pretty Things. But he is also adept at bigger-budget studio fare, having written a draft of Paramount's World War Z sequel as well as Legendary's Seventh Son.

He is repped by CAA, United Artists in the U.K. and attorney George Davis.
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Makes no sense to me. The first one didn't do that well. So now "reboot" most likely with even less star power?
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Yeah. Not interested.
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Old 11-04-15, 04:08 PM   #3
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re: The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018, D: Alvarez - not Fincher) without Craig, Mara

Pass. On the book and the movie.
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Old 11-04-15, 04:17 PM   #5
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No thanks.
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re: The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018, D: Alvarez - not Fincher) without Craig, Mara

No Mara, Craig & Fincher; No care.
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Old 11-04-15, 04:23 PM   #7
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Alicia Vikander (edit) front runner for taking over for Mara

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Old 11-04-15, 04:40 PM   #8
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Everything about this screams terrible.
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re: The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018, D: Alvarez - not Fincher) without Craig, Mara

Don't know anything about this book. I don't care who wrote it.

Make a good movie and I'm interested. I don't need established stars, just good actors.
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Old 11-04-15, 05:38 PM   #10
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Only a year ago Rooney REALLY wanted to be in the sequel.

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1trfr7&s=8#.VjqWyEt89Ig
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re: The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018, D: Alvarez - not Fincher) without Craig, Mara

Let's make a sequel to a movie based on a book the original author didn't write, and feature none of the cast or crew that made the first film a success!

Sony didn't even need to be hacked for this shit to stink.
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The first film was a success? News to me
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Can somebody please post the "Batman holding a bomb" pic?
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The first film was a success? News to me
Well, it made $232,617,430 worldwide off of a $90 million budget, so not a smashing success on the level of The Avengers but a tidy sum. And it has an 86% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, same as the original film, so it had critical success as well.
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Not tidy enough to get Sony jumping on making a proper sequel, though. I know they were disappointed the first film barely limped across the $100mm line.
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Well, it made $232,617,430 worldwide off of a $90 million budget, so not a smashing success on the level of The Avengers but a tidy sum. And it has an 86% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, same as the original film, so it had critical success as well.
$232M gross on a $90M budget is not enough for a profit. Sony had huge expectations for the first movie, and that did not happen.
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Only a year ago Rooney REALLY wanted to be in the sequel.

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=1trfr7&s=8#.VjqWyEt89Ig
From what I remember, Daniel Craig was/is the holdout for The Girl Who Played With Fire.
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Old 11-04-15, 09:08 PM   #18
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$232M gross on a $90M budget is not enough for a profit. Sony had huge expectations for the first movie, and that did not happen.
+ DVD/BD sales + VOD + Premium channels + Cable rights, it did fine but probably not up to expectations, I think they were thinking it'd be the hit that Gone Girl wound up being.
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Bummed that Craig and Mara aren't coming back. I still need to read Spider's Web.
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I was super excited for a sequel to the original film for about a year, then after another couple of years I just kinda forgot about it...

A wasted opportunity but life goes on.
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I would've been on board with a proper sequel. Not this.
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From what I remember, Daniel Craig was/is the holdout for The Girl Who Played With Fire.
They can stop putting Craig in potential franchises if he's going to be such a constant shit about it. I fully expect him to self-immolate at the Spectre premiere.
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Well, it made $232,617,430 worldwide off of a $90 million budget, so not a smashing success on the level of The Avengers but a tidy sum. And it has an 86% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, same as the original film, so it had critical success as well.

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+ DVD/BD sales + VOD + Premium channels + Cable rights, it did fine but probably not up to expectations, I think they were thinking it'd be the hit that Gone Girl wound up being.

I would say it still wasn't all that successful. No one knows how much of the foreign box office studios get so to keep falling back on the world wide is a copout. Plus the studio only sees about half of the total US box office. Probably ended up breaking even if that.
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TGWTDT was IMO bottom tier Fincher, I'm glad he is no longer involved in any of this crap which I felt was a waste of his time and talent. This upcoming film looks like it will be garbage.

IMO the Swedish TGWTDT film was decent and the sequels sucked. Talk about overrated.
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Old 11-05-15, 09:20 AM   #25
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You're in luck! The original Swedish trilogy is widely available.
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