Fede Alvarez, the director of this year's breakout hit chiller Don't Breathe, is in talks to direct the sequel to the 2011 movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl in the Spider's Web.

US entertainment trade publication Variety, which first reported the story, says movie giant Sony wants the Uruguayan filmmaker behind the lens following his success for the studio with Don't Breathe. The Dragon Tattoo sequel has been "fast-tracked" to go into production next year.

Don't Breathe was one of the surprise hits of the year

The Girl in the Spider's Web will be based on the book of the same name by journalist David Lagercrantz. The 2015 bestseller was a follow-up to late author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, in which readers joined the complex lives and investigations of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist. 

David Lagercrantz

Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004, never saw his original trilogy become a global phenomenon. His first Salander and Blomkvist book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has twice been adapted for the big screen.

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The Swedish version, starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, was released in 2009, with the US remake starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig reaching cinemas two years later.

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Last year it was reported that neither Mara nor Craig would be back for the sequel, but in an interview with Screen Daily in September, Mara said: "I'm still open to it, but I'm not holding out hope anymore." 

Don't Breathe, which reunited Alvarez with his Evil Dead star Jane Levy, was released in Irish cinemas in September and has taken over $150m around the world on a $9m budget.

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