Fede Alvarez on Making ‘Spider’s Web’ More James Bond Than Agatha Christie

     November 7, 2018


With The Girl in the Spider’s Web opening in theaters this weekend, I recently got to talk with director Fede Alvarez about making the movie. During the interview, he talked about why he wanted to make this movie after Don’t Breathe, what he learned from test screenings that impacted the finished film, the challenge of being able to do character moments when a lot of the audience wants a fast moving film, how much he is figuring out camera movement on set and what is being determined in pre-production, and a lot more.

the-girl-in-the-spiders-web-posterThe film picks up with Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) and Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) years after the events of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when a new mystery involving Salander’s long-lost sister (Sylvia Hoeks) attracts the attention of the intrepid vigilante and esteemed journalist. As you can probably guess, nothing is what it seems and the story is a race to figure out what is going on. The Girl in the Spider’s Web also stars Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant, Claes Bang, Christopher ConverySynnøve Macody Lund, and Vicky Krieps.

Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Fede Alvarez:

  • How much is he figuring out his camera moves on set and how much is being done in pre-production?
  • Why did he want to make this movie after Don’t Breathe?
  • The challenge of being able to do character moments when a lot of the audience wants a fast moving film.
  • How long was his first cut compared to the finished film?
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    What did he learn from test screening s that impacted the finished film?

Here’s the official synopsis for The Girl in the Spider’s Web:

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz.  Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of “The Crown,” will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

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