During the Christmas season of 2011 director David Fincher delivered the hit film adaptation of the Stieg Larsson mystery novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara (as Lisbeth Salander) … it pulled in over $102 million domestically and easily more than that in foreign markets.
With a rich source to draw from and that level of box office performance it would only be natural to come up with additional entries in the series.
Somewhere along the way Daniel Craig dropped out, Roona Mara (who was nominated for Best Actress) moved on to other things (Side Effects, Carol, etc.) and director David Fincher was gone as well.
Basically, Sony Pictures had to start over with a new cast and new director … and the results were not as well received. Nevertheless, a new installment was finally delivered this past November, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, with Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe, Evil Dead) handling the direction and Clair Foy (First Man, Breathe, Vampire Academy) taking over the role of Lisbeth Salander and Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason (Borg vs. McEnroe) taking over Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist.
This past week Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be available on Feb. 5.
The ARR is 88 days and domestic ticket sales during the lead-up to the Thanksgiving Holiday period were disappointing at $14.8 million. Home entertainment will do far better as the curious will be on the prowl for viewing distractions during the cold nights of February.
Bonus features include commentary from director Fede Álvarez and screenwriter Jay Basu, eight deleted scenes (with optional commentary) and a quartet of featurettes — “Claire Foy: Becoming Lisbeth,” “All About the Stunts,” “Secrets of the Salander Sisters” and “Creating the World.”