‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Update: Sony Eyes ‘Don’t Breathe’ Director

Hot off the success of Screen Gems’ thriller, Fede Alvarez is studio’s choice for “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

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Fede Alvarez, the critically acclaimed director of the hit films “Evil Dead” and last summer’s “Don’t Breathe,” is Sony’s choice to direct “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to David Fincher’s 2011 thriller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” TheWrap has learned.
The selection came as Alvarez and Sony discussed the director’s potential next project for the studio, following his box office success with Sony’s “Don’t Breathe,” which grossed $150 million worldwide on a $9 million budget. His 2013 horror reboot”Evil Dead” earned $97 million worldwide on a $17 million budget.

Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight (“Locke”) has written the screenplay for “Spider’s Web,” which will pick up the adventures of hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander.

Rooney Mara is not expected to reprise her role as Salander in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web;” Sony had been interested in Alicia Vikander for the role.

Daniel Craig is also unlikely to return for the sequel, which will be based on the fourth novel in the late Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium series that was written after his death by David Lagercrantz.

Sony had initially been planning to adapt “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” shelling out mid-seven figures for a script by Steve Zaillian. “Fire” is now expected to follow “Spider’s Web.”

Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and former Sony chief Amy Pascal will produce “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” with Elizabeth Cantillon and Swedish production company Yellow Bird, which produced the original movie starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth. David Beaubaire is overseeing for the studio.

The “Dragon Tattoo” sequel is expected to come in at a much lower price than the first film — a holiday release that had difficulty recouping its $90 million budget, not including P&A costs.

Modestly budgeted home invasion thriller “Don’t Breathe” seemed to come out of left field, opening to a whopping estimated $26.1 million, more than double predictions.

Alvarez is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.