This ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Reboot Sure Is News to Rooney Mara
We recently learned that Sony is planning a semi-reboot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, skipping the second and third books in author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and moving right ahead to the fourth novel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. But the studio is reportedly planning on making the film without director David Fincher and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. There’s just one little issue, though: Mara says as far as she knows, she’s still supposed to star in it.
A couple of weeks back it was reported that Sony is giving The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a reboot of sorts, skipping ahead to the fourth novel, which was written by David Lagercrantz after Stieg Larsson’s passing. The studio has reportedly been eyeing 2015 breakout star Alicia Vikander to replace Rooney Mara as punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, but according to Mara, this is all news to her.
Although she’s long expressed interest in making another Dragon Tattoo film, Mara seemed pretty pessimistic about the sequel’s chances in an interview with E! earlier this year, where she admitted “it just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards.” But in her latest interview with E!, the actress seemed unaware that Sony was looking to recast her role, laughing as she offered the following comment:
As far as I know I’m doing it until someone tells me otherwise. I’m doing it unless someone tells me that I’m not — and then I still might do it.
It’s not immediately clear why Sony wouldn’t have Mara return if she’s interested, while previous reports indicated that the studio had issues wrangling Craig back for the follow-up because he wanted more money — and after Fincher’s $90 million Dragon Tattoo movie underperformed at the box office, a pay raise for a sequel seems unlikely.
Stephen Knight (Locke, Pawn Sacrifice) has reportedly been hired to adapt The Girl in the Spider’s Web for the big screen, although the project is still in the early development stages and not 100 percent confirmed.