Filmmaker Fede Alvarez has spoken some more about the upcoming “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” a film adaptation of the fourth book in the Millennium novels and essentially the direct screen sequel to David Fincher’s 2011 film adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.
Speaking with EW, Alvarez spoke about the replacing of Rooney Mara with Claire Foy in the role of Salander and says it was his decision as he wanted to use his own cast:
“There was a lot of debate – but not with me – mostly debate among the studio, if they [were] taking that route or not. Eventually, I think it was me coming in, saying, I preferred to have my own cast. As a director, I just didn’t like the idea of taking someone else’s cast. As much as I admired Fincher as a filmmaker I think Rooney Mara is Fincher’s Lisbeth, right? And I wanted to find my own.”
Finances likely also played a part as Alvarez’s budget is considerably lower than the $90 million Fincher spent to make his film. That large budget is why, despite taking in over $230 million worldwide, the next two sequels weren’t adapted for the big screen by Sony.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will be released October 19th 2018.