It seems box office receipts aren't the only way to get a sequel made these days.
Last week, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures decided to keep developing the sequel to director David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, despite Dragon Tattoo's mediocre box office numbers (currently at $106 million worldwide on a $90 million budget). Based on the first of Stieg Larsson's international best-selling "Millennium" trilogy of novels, Dragon Tattoo's holiday opening was ultimately seen as the movie's undoing (the movie's first trailer dubbed the thriller "the feel-bad movie of Christmas"). Nevertheless, Sony decided to not only move forward with The Girl Who Played with Fire, Steig's second novel in the trilogy, but also with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, anticipating that international box office could eventually bring in $200 million to $300 million worldwide.
Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian (American Gangster) is already set to adapt both novels, but Fincher is still in question. The director revealed last month that he feels no "need" to make sequels to Dragon Tattoo, and he could be too busy with another, long-gestating project. fincher's schedule already full >> Posted 01.10.12 by Ryan
Director David Fincher recently said that he feels no "need" to make sequels to his new movie in theaters, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and in the wake of the movie's soft opening there has been much speculation about whether Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures would even move forward with their plans for a sequel. Now, Deadline has learned from anonymous Sony execs that the studios are not only moving forward with The Girl Who Played with Fire, but also with the second sequel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, both of which will be written by Dragon Tattoo scribe Steven Zaillian (American Gangster). more about the Girl trilogy >> Posted 01.09.12 by BrentJS
Before Marc Webb finally landed the director's chair for The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony was considering a wishlist of directors for the reboot that included James Cameron, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson. At the time, Fincher didn't say how close he came to getting the Amazing Spider-Man job. However, the director told io9 what he would have done with the comic book adaptation during a promotional interview for his latest movie, the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. what would fincher have done differently? >> Posted 12.20.11 by Ryan
There are three books in the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's "Millenium series" of crime-mystery novels that feature the now-iconic characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2006) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2007). There are also three internationally acclaimed Swedish movie adaptations based on Larsson's posthumously published novels. As such, it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that Columbia Pictures' The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — which opens nationwide today — will be the first movie in a trilogy of English-language movie adaptations. Surprisingly, sequels are anything but a given for director David Fincher, who recently told IndieWIRE that "the story is complete" in Dragon Tattoo and he feels no "need" to make sequels. what did fincher say? >> Posted 12.20.11 by BrentJS
In the end-of-year rush to release Oscar-baiting pictures, the studios shift their patronage from summer blockbusters to the auteur driven films more likely to land them a gleaming awards statuette. And while many a critically respected director is more than happy to garner a few moments of cinema sun for their more awards-bound work, what the movie-goer may not know is that just because they get critical respect doesn't mean that they don't love a good slasher flick. In fact, a lot of the time many an acclaimed director's best work comes from their own spins on good old genre pictures.
Horror movies in particular have long been a draw for many of the great moviemakers. So, we thought we’d offer a list of some of our favorite horror flicks from directors who also happen to be gunning for a Best Picture Award this year.
Read Arthouse Directors Who Aren't Afraid of the Dark >> Posted 12.07.11 by reelz
Remember that memorizing debut trailer from David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo earlier this year? Remember that pulse-pounding awesome cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" done by Trent Reznor?
Well, we now have an 8-MINUTE trailer of the highly anticipated movie and the soundtrack is now available on pre-order from iTunes with "Immigrant Song" available for purchase. And if that wasn't enough, Mr. Reznor has been kind enough to release tracks from the mind-boggling three-hour, 39-track soundtrack that he and Atticus Ross spent 14 months working on (the duo nabbed an Oscar for Best Original Score for The Social Network).
For those uninitiated (who haven't read Stieg Larsson's mega-best seller), the new trailer takes its time to set up the premise and properly introduce the main characters. Now everyone should know exactly what to expect when they see the movie when it opens Dec. 21. On the surface, it looks to be a classic, locked room mystery; but those who have read the books or seen the Swedish movies know that's not the case. Be forewarned, this movie looks to be as graphic, if not more so, than the book. Reznor also noted that he and Ross scored the trailer separately from the movie. watch the 8-minute trailer >> Posted 12.02.11 by Chris
David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is considered the most-anticipated movie being released this winter. The book by Stieg Larsson focuses on the search for a serial killer by a journalist and his computer hacker friend. As Larsson’s rabid fanbase can attest, it’s material that’s practically screaming to be put on-screen. Unfortunately Fincher’s version is still weeks away from release, so we put together a list of movies for anyone anxiously waiting for their Dragon Tattoo fix.
Read What to Watch While Waiting for Dragon Tattoo >> Posted 12.01.11 by reelz
The theatrical release of director David Fincher's new thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is less than three weeks away and the picture gallery of the official website for the movie has just been updated with dozens of new images. Based on the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's international bestseller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who seeks refuge from a libel conviction on a remote Swedish island where the unsolved murder of a young girl isn't the only secret being kept by the island's rich and powerful residents. Fittingly, the cryptic new images of people, places and objects in the movie do nothing to further explain the plot, but instead seem more like the sort of collection that someone investigating a crime might compile. more about the girl with the dragon tattoo >> Posted 12.01.11 by BrentJS
When it comes to the promotional trailers for the upcoming American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, no one can complain that they aren't long enough. An extended trailer for the movie was released in September totaling three and a half minutes of footage, over a minute more than the average trailer. With two TV spots released earlier this month, Sony has just released an extended TV spot as well, one that's over double the length of the typical TV spot.
While the motivation behind the studio's lengthy trailers is unknown, it could be a way to appease skeptical fans of the the best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson and/or the 2009 Swedish movie adaptation. In the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, director David Fincher (The Social Network, Se7en) revealed that the movie is getting more than its fair share of scrutiny from the property's many admirers.
We've got something very simple to deliver on. A gigantic f***ing book that people have very rigid preconceived notions of, to the point that they actually take umbrage with a teaser poster. watch the spot >> Posted 11.15.11 by Ryan
Fans of the book (and the Swedish movie) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo know very well what Lisbeth Salander looks like. Author Stieg Larsson describes his heroine as a pale, anorexic young woman with short hair and a pierced nose and eyebrows, along with an assortment of tattoos, including that titular dragon tattoo on her left shoulder blade.
In David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of the books, Salander will be played by Rooney Mara. And after the world first saw Mara in full Salander regalia (short hair, tattoos, missing eyebrows), most critics were convinced she was right for the role. But could you imagine Scarlett Johansson in that role? Neither could we. ScarJo's audition and Mara's transformation >> Posted 10.17.11 by Chris