‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel is Still Moving Forward

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girl who played with fire Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Sequel is Still Moving Forward

It feels kind of weird to say that director David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has performed somewhat below expectations at the box office to date.

On the one hand, it’s a $90 million project from a high-profile filmmaker that is based on an international best-selling novel that has only grossed $60 million in the U.S. so far; on the other hand, it’s an extremely¬†adults-only, R-Rated murder mystery full of graphic content and fatalistic atmosphere that’s been generating excellent word-of-mouth. So, those financial returns are about as good as one could (reasonably) expect.

Nonetheless, there’s been some question as to whether or not Sony is actively pressing ahead with an adaptation of the next installment in author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, because of Dragon Tattoo‘s so-so box office performance. According to EW, that is in fact the case.

A Sony representative informed the publication that Girl Who Played with Fire remains on-target for a late 2013 release date. Dragon Tattoo leads Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are likewise reportedly already signed on to reprise their roles as Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, respectively, in both the sequel and the (for now, theoretical) third franchise chapter, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

Dragon Tattoo writer Steve Zaillian is in the early stage of scripting Girl Who Played with Fire, which Fincher has the option to direct. While he has not yet committed to the project, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker has admitted that (should he sign on) he would prefer to shoot both the second and third Millennium book adaptations back-to-back, for both practical and artistic purposes.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander Mikael Blomkvist Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Sequel is Still Moving Forward

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig

Fincher’s take on Dragon Tattoo has been playing very well with professional critics and casual moviegoers alike; similarly, it ranked pretty high on our favorite 2011 movies list. That sets it apart from relatively recent costly studio franchise titles that only did so-so business in theaters in comparison to their actual production budget, but were also critical duds¬†(ex. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, TRON: Legacy)… and yet, sequels to both are being developed, with G.I. Joe 2 having already completed production.

In addition, Dragon Tattoo should continue to play well during the slow-going month of January and will probably (*knock on wood*) manage to snag a handful of Oscar nods in the near future – which will also help keep it in the limelight.

That’s all to say: Dragon Tattoo may not be a box office smash, but it should ultimately prove to be profitable enough to ensure that Sony doesn’t abandon its franchise plans.

We will continue to keep you updated on the status of The Girl Who Played with Fire as the story develops.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Please tell me the sequel be filmed at some point this year. I also would like Rooney, Fincher and Craig back and the same scriptwriter and editor of the first US movie. Only thing wothy of the Swedish films was Noomi Rapace all in all the american version was much better I can’t wait for the sequel. I can’t believe this movie is so underrated.

    • I know! This movie was really very underrated. I have watched it 20 times over and am waiting helplessly for any hint of its filming beginning soon! It should be wonderful if it comes out in Dec this year!!

      • Plus i want Trent Reznor to provide the background score on the second and third one too! What an oscar winning force the collaboration would be!

    • I am dying to watch the second episode (adaptation from original 2nd episode – the girl who played with fire)! and yes this movie was so underrated. but really, I don’t really care! different people different opinions, right! i watch the 2009 and 2011 adaptation movies, and 2009 the girl who played with fire. these 3 are awesome!! I am really thirsty for detective stories! I hope they release the second part soon this year. Amen!!

  2. I love this movie I really hope to see the sequel really soon

  3. I wonder if any decision has been made about The Girl Who Played with Fire? I keep scouring articles and still nothing. I will be so sad if they don’t make the remaining two films. The American version was exponentially better than the Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo.

  4. Watched the American version with an open mind many times now. Good movie. BUT! I have to say something that can`t be unsaid.

    The American Lisbeth seemed like a victim. Lisbeth was a strong kickass woman. Mara’s interpretation was physically more accurate than Sweedish Lisbeth, but attitude wise, emotionally wise, I much much prefer Rapace’s version.

    My huge gripe has to do with how “Lisbeth” was marketed for the Fincher film. There were a series of ridiculous photoshoots that seemed almost to glorify violence against women and Lisbeth was way sexified in that creepy couture sort of way. I feel a lot like the author of this article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/jun/07/rants-and-raves-lisbeth-salander/

    In one of the pictures of American Salander: A pink shirt and tutu? It just looks strange and couturish, not Lisbeth! I feel like Lisbeth would roll her eyes at couture! Shame on you guys for doing that to this character! That`s not o.k in my mind. Lisbeth is an important character in the books and movies: I feel, in some strict and principal way, that Hollywood should find their own fiction character to destroy! Rude.

  5. Oh the Amerian version was terrible!!! Don’t be lazy!!, watch the Swedish originals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and they are all available NOW.

    • I’ve watched the first swedish movie and it looks like a bad TV show. It doesn’t even follow the book as faithfully as the American Version. Only good thing about the Swedish film is Noomi Rapace but not even her look as much as Lisbeth as Mara.

      The american version was truer to the book except in the big reveal at the end. Not my opinion, that’s a fact.