Sony Pictures pushes back The Girl in the Spider’s Web adaptation three weeks from October 2018 to November 2018. The long-awaited follow-up to David Fincher’s 2011 film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is both a sequel and a reboot. Fincher spent years developing The Girl Who Played With Fire, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara both attached, but the filmmaker nor the studio never got to a script that they were satisfied with to move the project into production.
In 2015, Sony opted to dismiss Fincher, Craig, and Mara, and begin anew with an adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. It’s worth noting that Spider’s Web is the first book in the Millennium series not written by Stieg Larson (who passed away before the original trilogy was published). Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight adapted the novel for the big screen, with Don’t Breathe director Fede Álvarez helming the project that stars Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander.
THR‘s Borys Kit reports that Sony Pictures is moving The Girl in the Spider’s Web from its originally slated October 19, 2018, release date to November 9, 2018. The release date was previously held by Etan Cohen’s Holmes and Watson film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, which has now been pushed back to December 21 – a prime holiday slot that has worked well for past Sherlock Holmes films as well as Will Ferrell-starring comedies, such as Daddy’s Home.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is now opening opposite Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney’s animated film, The Grinch, in which Benedict Cumberbatch voices the eponymous character, but an animated film shouldn’t have much of an impact on Spider’s Web box office due to both films catering to different audiences.
However, the film does release in-between three blockbuster films. Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Lasse Hallström’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms open one week prior – on November 2 – with David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hitting theaters one week after, on November 16. Although Spider’s Web isn’t a family affair as those three films are, releasing in the middle of three big-budgeted blockbusters will surely eat into its box office gross, though how much is yet to be determined.
Foy is joined by an exceptional up-and-coming cast in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Borg/McEnroe star Sverrir Gudnason is taking over for Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, with Blade Runner 2049‘s Sylvia Hoeks playing Camilla Salander and Get Out‘s Lakeith Stanfield as Alona Casales. Danish actor Claes Bang is set to play the film’s main antagonist.
Source: THR/Borys Kit
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