Dragon Tattoo follow-up The Girl in the Spider's Web in the works at Sony | EW.com

Movies

Sony developing Dragon Tattoo follow-up The Girl in the Spider's Web

Role: Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Technique: After a contentious casting process , relative newcomer Mara won the coveted role and almost…

Rooney Mara (Baldur Bragason/Everett Collection)

Lisbeth Salander, the hacker heroine of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is headed back to the big screen — but not for an adaptation of the second or third book in the late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

Sony Pictures is developing a follow-up to its 2011 mystery thriller that will be based on David Lagercrantz’s fourquel The Girl in the Spider’s Web, EW has confirmed. Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) in early talks to write the script.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and also reported that Dragon Tattoo stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are not expected to return, nor is director David Fincher; the Wrap followed up with a report that Alicia Vikander is being eyed to play Salander. A representative for Sony declined to comment on the reports.

Published earlier this year, more than a decade after Larsson’s death, Spider’s Web finds Salander once again teaming up with investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, this time getting entangled with spies, cybercriminals, and government agents.

Sony initially planned to follow up Dragon Tattoo — which grossed $233 million worldwide but cost $90 million to make — with an adaptation of The Girl Who Played With Fire, with Steven Zaillian writing the script.