The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sequel Still in the Works
01.03.12 by Ryan
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures took a chance by releasing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — the American adaptation of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's international best-selling novel of the same name — into a crowded holiday theater market, where it was crushed at the box office by sequels like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, as well as 3-D family fare like The Adventures of Tintin. Nevertheless, the studio is moving forward with a sequel, despite the mediocre box office numbers ($72 million worldwide on a $90 million budget).
Entertainment Weekly reports that Sony plans to move forward with the next installment of Larsson's "Millenium" series, The Girl Who Played With Fire. "[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book," said a Sony rep.
Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian was hired to write the sequel in August of 2010, while director David Fincher was still finalizing his cast for the first movie. According to the Sony rep, "development continues" on the sequel, and Zaillian is still working on the script for The Girl Who Played With Fire.
While stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are both signed for the sequel, Fincher is not, revealing last month that he feels no "need" to return for the sequel, but, should Sony try to hire him, he would want to shoot both The Girl Who Played With Fire and the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, concurrently. "The second and third books are very much one story and it doesn't seem prudent to me to go to Sweden for a year and then come back for a year, put out the second [movie], go back to Sweden for a year, come back for a year... I think that would be crazy, and especially given the sense that it's really one story that's bifurcated," explained Fincher.
Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal told EW in November that The Girl Who Played With Fire was targeted for a late 2013 release. No new details have surfaced about when the sequel will be released.