Just last week we reported that David Fincher will direct the American remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Well, we’ve now learned that Fincher has an option to direct the film version of its sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire,f as well.

Fincher is reportedly keen to take on The Girl Who Played With Fire, so much so that he may start shooting it right after his completion of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  He’s already guaranteed payment for the film, so it’d make little sense for him NOT to direct it – assuming that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is successful enough to warrant a cinematic sequel.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo revolves around an ex-journalist/private investigator and a technowiz punk as they investigate the brutal murder of the niece of a Swedish entrepreneur.  The Girl Who Played With Fire follows the pair into similarly macabre territory, as they investigate Sweden’s sex trafficking industry whilst the technowiz punk struggles to clear her name after she is accused of murdering three people in connection to the case.

Like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire sounds like ripe dark material for Fincher to tackle.  Given his reputation as a meticulous filmmaker, Fincher is unlikely to rush Girl Who Played With Fire into production or attempt to shoot it back-to-back with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Again, assuming Dragon Tattoo is a critical and financial success, I see no reason why Sony Pictures wouldn’t welcome Fincher back for the sequel.

While Swedish film versions of the entire Millennium trilogy (including the third book, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest) have already been released and were hits in their home country, screenwriter Steve Zaillian has already stated that he will not view the Swedish film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and that his adaptation will be of the original novel only.  Chances are that Fincher will follow suit and give us his own unique take on both The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire.

In the meantime, Fincher will finish up and release his Facebook origin film,  The Social Network, on October 15, 2010.  Look for him to begin production on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this fall and hopefully The Girl Who Played With Fire soon thereafter.

Source: The Playlist