‘Girl Who Played With Fire’ Update: David Fincher Still Figuring it Out

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am,

David Fincher Gives Girl Played Fire Update Girl Who Played With Fire Update: David Fincher Still Figuring it Out

While it’s not a given that David Fincher will return to the director’s chair for The Girl Who Played with Fire - sequel to last year’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo American remake – it’s long been assumed he would. After a moderately successful release – the film barely broke even domestically and made a solid push overseas – Sony Pictures is moving ahead with their adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second book, but trouble with the film’s script is still holding it back.

Fincher, however, is still attached to the project for now, even as screenwriter Steve Zaillian revises his earlier drafts. With several projects on his plate, though, including an updated version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, it seems entirely likely that the Fight Club director might walk.

For now, though, Fincher is still trying to “figure [The Girl who Played with Fire] out” or at least that’s what he told Art of the Title in an interview about his films’ famous title sequences. Fincher reveals that they’re trying to “make it [their] own thing,” a quote which suggests simply adapting the novel will not fly this time around.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, while an entertaining film, didn’t add more to the story than the International adaptations of the books did; it merely retold the novel’s plot with English-speaking actors. Fincher’s penchant for visual storytelling was present in full, but a familiar narrative somewhat narrative overshadows that.

In addition to trying to crack Girl Who Played with Fire, Fincher also reveals he’s been working on House of Cards, a new Netflix-only TV series he’s developing with Neil Kellerhouse. We might not know what the director’s next film project will be, but House of Cards appears to be receiving the majority of Fincher’s attention right now.

If Fincher does return to direct Girl Who Played with Fire the question becomes whether he will close out the series with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The two novels were built essentially as a single narrative, which almost implies they be shot back-to-back. Perhaps that could be a way for Fincher to make the property stand out against the Swedish films.

The third book had to be completed posthumously after Larsson’s passing, and reads as somewhat scattered in focus and undercooked in development; the second book is often criticized for focusing more on peripheral characters and less on protagonist Lisbeth Salander. That’s all to say: maybe mashing the second and third books together into one film – or taking creative liberties with both – wouldn’t be a terrible idea.

The Girl Who Played with Fire Swedish Version Girl Who Played With Fire Update: David Fincher Still Figuring it Out

Although Girl Who Played with Fire won’t be making its originally announced 2013 release date, Fincher apparently remains optimistic he will see the project through to theaters. The prolific director has been known to acquire new gigs and subsequently drop them, but after having fostered the first leg of the series we’d like to see him finish them all.

Should David Fincher return to direct the next film in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire?


Source: Art of the Title (via Collider)

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  1. Fincher could really make it his own by combining the best parts of
    The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest
    into a single film which would suit the narrative well and make a stronger film.
    It would also facilitate studio approval and Fincher availability to actually direct.

    • I totally agree…
      I said a while back that it may be better if they combined the 2 into a single film and I still feel that way.
      I’m obviously guessing but maybe that’s why they’re reworking the script?

      • I reckon Fincher will walk. He’s probably realised just how awful the books really are. Even the Swedish films were wretchedly pedestrian. Not much difference from an average episode of Law and Order of inspector Morse.

  2. I hope he returns. One thing i could never understand about Finchers Dragon Tattoo is what the hell they spent 90 million dollars on when its basically the same as the swedish movie which was 700% cheaper to produce. Seeems like another example of hollywood accounting.

  3. Even the swedish sequels pretty much sucked, so I’m for Fincher doing his thing with them.

  4. Get on with it – can’t wait to see it. First one was absolutely fantastic a great adaptation.

  5. I like Girl With The Dragon Tattoo a lot, and i can see where the movie’s budget went to. It was cleanly made, every detail was in place, and it had some amazing visual effects work. The only problem was that there were two endings, the latter of which was unnecessary.

    I loved how realistic the movie felt though, and the opening title sequence is jawdropping. I hope Fincher comes back.

  6. I honestly think he should cause it needs to have the same feel

  7. I reckon Fincher will walk. He’s probably realised just how awful the books really are. Even the Swedish films were wretchedly pedestrian. Not much difference from an average episode of Law and Order of inspector Morse.

  8. I really can’t see how he can merge book 2 and 3

    There’s so much going on in both that he’d have to cut that it would take all the fun from it.

    I didn’t really like the first book, to much a run-of-the-mill mystery thriller but I absolutely love the second book and I hope to God they don’t screw it up.

  9. Fincher’s dragon tattoo did not give much justice to the well-written novel it was adapted from. i just hope it could give more on the sequels. nevertheless, fincher’s dragon tattoo had the best casting ever.

    • Did we read the same books? Larsson’s tomes are many things, but well-written isn’t one of them.

  10. If you are a fan of these books, Fincher’s take on it should stand out immediately as profoundly well realized. It is far more engaging than the Swedish version. The dialogue and interplay between the characters is more intense and more fun than even the book itself. When Blomkvist first shows up at Salander’s apartment? OMG, just one of MANY examples why it’s so much better! I hope Fincher continues!

  11. I loved the originals and i loved this new version. Was absolutely the best movie that year. however movies that require you to think a little seems to turn people away…i however thrive on them. For me a movie starts with a great story, and this trilogy has that. I so hope they continue with it. Plus i hope they dont pump it up with a lot of ridiculous special effects to draw the crowds. (some are good but dont let th special effects run over the story) If i could produce this i would.

  12. should he return? how about hell ya

  13. David Fincher is by far and away one of my very favorite directors!! His version of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, was An amazing adaptation of the story, much easier to follow in the arrangement than the Swedish versions. Fans of this movie are all hopeful that David will come back and do the others in the trilogy.

    Was hopeful that Oscar nom’s would be winners for this movie. The graphics on the opening credits was really visually spectacular and also hopedful that David uses Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for the music going forward.

  14. Oh common already with the sequel! I check for news about ‘girl who played…’ almost everyday. At least begin the pre-filming formalities and give us a tentative release date! And please retain the original casting. Salander, Blomkvist and Berger found the best actors to play them in Fincher’s adaptation. Besides I am dying to see Rooney Mara as Salander again.

  15. I loved all 3 books and loved all 3 international movies and would love to see the american versions be as good or better

  16. Fincher’s interpretation was better than the Sweedish versions. It was more accurate than the foreign films, I read the books I know. I would love to see what Fincher would do with the last two novels, combining them would be a good idea too. I LOVED The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and thought his vision was flawless!