Well, it seems that Sony is looking to make The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander their next Spider-Man. In that they're determined to bust out a third take on the character while the first and second are still exceedingly fresh in our memory.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has started development on a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follow-up--but not the one anyone was expecting. Though they paid in the mid-seven-figure range for a script to their last film's direct sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, Sony is apparently now going jump ahead to the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider's Web--the one that isn't even written by the late, original author Stieg Larsson.
Needlessly, Sony is seeing this "as an opportunity to start the franchise over," it's said. Thusly, it's out with director David Fincher and stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. Now, according to The Wrap, Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander is the frontrunner to take over the lead role. Don't worry, though: what this lacks in cohesion it will make up for in also looking cheaper, as it's reported that this will have a "much lower" budget than its predecessor. So, John Cusack for the new Mikael Blomkvist, then?