The next film, which will be The Girl In The Spider’s Web, will almost certainly call for the studio to press the reset button. What’s odd about this is that The Girl In The Spider’s Web is the fourth installment in the book series written by Stieg Larsson. The first three novels were adapted to film in Swedish, but the American audience was only given one. Sony find themselves in an odd predicament. The Swedish films were fantastic and I quite liked the American version with Craig, so how can a studio suddenly not have enough money to pay the lead actors and decide to start over with the last installment in the series that wasn’t even written by the original author? It really makes no sense whatsoever. Remember when Tom Cruise didn’t want Katie Holmes to reprise her role as Rachel for the Dark Knight? That didn’t exactly turn out too well for Maggie Gyllenhaal who was, in my opinion, the only weak spot of the movie. That’s just one minor character, now imagine that being done with the main characters.
The only problem with the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is that the budget was nearly $100 million and director David Fincher made it very similar to the Swedish version that came out only two years earlier. Oh, and Fincher won’t be involved with the new project in case you were wondering. The Girl Who Played With Fire, which is the second book in the series, could still be in the cards and would be written by screenwriter Steven Knight, who worked on Peaky Blinders and created the series Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire?
It’s a really weird situation and I’m interested to see which way Sony decides to go with this.