Stieg Larsson had planned to write ten books about Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and the notes are in the possession of his partner, Eva Gabrielson. However, since they were not married, his father and brother inherited the rights to his literary estate upon his death, and the two parties never came to terms about the direction of the series. The family then hired another writer to create new stories. This film is based on the novel of the same name, the fourth book in the series and the first one not to be written by Stieg Larsson as he had died before he could write anymore entries.
It was announced in November 2015 that David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara would not be returning for this film. Mara and Craig were particularly upset about this as they were fully committed to a sequel, but due to the box office disappointment of their film, the planned sequels never happened.
The film's budget is only $43 million, in stark contrast to the budget of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) which was $90 million. One of the reasons cited for the latter film's failure financially was the overblown budget, which is what led to the reduction of budget for this film. Ironically, this film still flopped even with a smaller production budget.
With the story taking place in Stockholm, Claire Foy adopted a Swedish accent for the film with the help of linguistic coach William Conacher, who had already helped her create her royal accent for The Crown.
Before Claire Foy was attached to the film, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, originally considered for the title role in the previous film, were once again in talks to play Lisbeth Salander. Sony also considered Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander for the titular role.
While Fede Alvarez admits that he does not usually care about the appearance of his characters, the look of Lisbeth Salander was crucial in the film, especially her tattoo.
Follow up from David Fincher's 2011 film: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. This jumps to the fourth story in the book series.
The director wanted to turn most of the stunts on the set, without resorting to visual effects or green backgrounds. For a stunt in a snow-covered car, the team used a "top rider", that is to say a fully functional car where the driver is sitting on the roof and the actor behind the wheel pretends to drive.
It is based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz, and continues on the "Millenium" series created by Stieg Larsson, who passed away in 2004.
The director admits to being an admirer of Claire Foy since he discovered her in the series The Crown.
In keeping with the broad strokes this soft-reboot shares with the first film, Lisbeth has an addiction to junk food and soda, as shown by the Coca Cola cans and McDonald's Happy Meal boxes littering her hideout. Later in the film she can be seen chowing down on a Big Mac burger from the famous chain. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) infamously featured this exact product placement.
Although none of the tattoos Claire Foy sports in the film as Lisbeth Salander are real, appearing in the film inspired the actress to get a few real tattoos of her own.
Claire Foy had read the Millennium series years before she appeared in this film, and jumped at the chance to play the series protagonist.
Fede Alvarez brought together director of photography Pedro Luque Briozzo, costume designer Carlos Rosario and composer Roque Baños with whom he had previously collaborated on his two previous films, Evil Dead (2013) and Don't Breathe (2016).
The color palette of the film is black (darkness), red (blood) and white (light and snow). In opposition to Claire Foy, who is black from head to toe, Sylvia Hoeks carry hair of an extremely light blonde, almost albino. The actress also faded up her eyebrows as much as possible.
For this film, the infamous Dragon Tattoo on Lisbeth's back was based on mythological Norse and Scandinavian dragons.
It was Claire Foy's idea for each of her piercings to look different from each other to show that she got them at different points in her life. They were fake piercings this time around.
Principal photography began in January 2018 in Berlin, and ended in April 2018, in Stockholm.
Claire Foy is English, as a result she had to work with a linguistics coach to be able to speak in a Swedish accent. She is one of the few cast members in the film not to be Swedish in contrast to the rest of her mostly Swedish costars.
[DIRECTOR TRADEMARK]: You can see a sticker of the Uruguayan football team 'Peñarol' in one of the scenes. Fede Álvarez is a well-known fan of this team.
The Girl in the Spider's Web had its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival on October 24, 2018.
Fede Álvarez wanted to cast an actress who would be counterintuitive, and he was eager to cast Claire Foy so that she could play against type.
The hairstylists intentionally styled Lisbeth's hair to look jagged and uneven, to infer that the character actually cuts her own hair.
Lisbeth Salander's motorcycle tracksuit was inspired by the tracksuit worn by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.
The CGI opening credits featuring a human figure being ensnared by cables and wiring is a reference to a spider trapping its prey in a web, in reference to the film's title. These style credits are a carryover from the first film.
Sylvia Hoeks was given a wardrobe of bright clothing as her character from the costume designers, to make her stand out against the grey and snowy backdrop of Sweden, and as a symbolic reference to blood.
Millenium: The Girl in the Spider's Web is the adaptation of the book by David Lagercrantz, who took over the Millenium saga after the death of Stieg Larsson. Fede Alvarez's film is not a reboot of the saga, nor the direct sequel to David Fincher's feature film released in 2011.
The film, a soft-reboot with different actors, is a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the second installment in the American-produced Millennium film series.
The infamous scene where Lisbeth's motorcycle races across a frozen lake was created with CGI, having her drive across a ramp while the unfrozen water surrounding her was digitally edited.
The glitching sounds of computers and fax machines were incorporated into the score to reflect the themes of hacking and computer programming of the series.
Just like with the rest of the films based on the book series, this was filmed in Stockholm, Sweden as the location was a crucial part of the story and the production according to Fede Álvarez.
Although the universe of the Millenium saga is crude and dark, costume designer Carlos Rosario has designed a more accessible Lisbeth.