They're sure taking their sweet time about it, but Sony Pictures confirmed today that yes, they are still going to produce a sequel to David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film's lukewarm domestic box office, which barely recuperated the film's $90 million budget, probably explains why they're not in any rush. The film's international box office, which raised Sony's take to over $232 million, is probably the only reason why they're still bothering.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian, who penned the first film in the American version of the Millennium Trilogy, is hard at work writing the second film, The Girl Who Played with Fire, which would find Mikael Blomqvist (Daniel Craig) investigating a sex trafficking ring and Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) discovering secrets about her own troubled past. Sony is waiting patiently for the screenplay to be finished before moving forward.
While both Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have signed on for both The Girl Who Played with Fire and the concluding chapter in the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, director David Fincher has no such deal in place. He's expressed interest in continuing the franchise but he's also free to go, potentially forcing another director to follow in his prominent footsteps. Both sequels were originally planned to shoot back-to-back, but there has been no confirmation of whether this is still in the cards.
Although originally scheduled for release sometime in 2013, this news means that The Girl Who Played with Fire probably won't hit theaters until 2014 at the earliest. Fincher's first film in the franchise was met with largely reviews and an Oscar win for Best Editing, despite many claims – including ours – that it was inferior to the original Danish version, directed by Niels Arden Oplev, and arguably missed the point of the material altogether.
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