Monday, 22 July 2013

Andrew Kevin Walker will be playing with Fire

Just as the prospect of Hollywood completing Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy seemed to be fading, news comes that part two, The Girl Who Played With Fire, has a new screenwriter and now seems a viable concern over at Sony Pictures. The studio has hired Seven (1995) scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to pen another draft of the screenplay originally written by Steve Zaillian and will be looking to reunite Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist) and Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) in the near future.

The question is, exactly when and with which director calling the shots? David Fincher is now tied up with Gone Girl, while Craig has another Bond outing looming on his schedule. Next year seems the likeliest option to shoot before Bond 24 kicks off and Craig is busy saving the world from a different kind of evil.

It was recently announced that Fincher's long gestating and very pricey 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was officially, well, 20,000 leagues under the sea. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fincher has ditched the project after trying and failing to secure his pick of a leading man. Walker, his screenwriter on that foiled project, is now charged with adapting the second in Larsson's trilogy of thrillers instead.

The Girl Who Played With Fire follows on from events at the end of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and sees Lisbeth Salander wealthy but rootless. Returning to Sweden, she's implicated in the murder of a journalist and reliant on Mikael Blomkvist's assistant to get to the bottom of yet more Scandinavian murk.

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