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Performers Stephen Lang, left, and Jane Levy, director Fede Alvarez and cinematographer Pedro Luque on the set of horror-thriller Don't BreatheSony Pictures

David Fincher's 2011's psychological thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a hit, and nominated for five Academy Awards...it won the Best Film Editing gong.

Sony Pictures is now working on the sequel, The Girl in the Spider Web, and is eyeing Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez to direct the second instalment, Variety reports.

After big box office success with Don't Breathe, which brought in $151.4 million worldwide on a $10 million budget, sources tell the site that Alvarez is Sony's choice to direct the sequel, written by Steven Knight.

The Girl in the Spider Web is based on David Lagercrantz's 2015 novel of the same name, the fourth in the series. The film will follow Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist after they enter a world of a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives — some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

The film will be produced by Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush and Yellow Bird's Ole Søndberg and Søren Stærmose, with David Beaubaire overseeing for the studio. The project is a high priority for Sony Pictures, who hope to have it made next year.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starred Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and followed journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) as he was aided in his search for a woman who had been missing for forty years by young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Mara).

No word on if the two leads will return for the sequel, though Mara said earlier this year that she's "open to it" but didn't think it would happen anytime soon.

Alvarez's is also known for his 2013 Evil Dead reboot. Last month it was reported that the director was also attached to an adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' comic book limited series Incognito for Sony Pictures.

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