Sony Not Rushing ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel

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The Girl Who Played With Fire Delay Sony Not Rushing Dragon Tattoo Sequel

David Fincher’s American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo released over the 2011 holidays to earn strong critical praise, including an Oscar win and four additional nominations. At the box office however, it only earned back its production budget in American theaters, faring well enough internationally for the studio to push forward with a sequel to the Rated R mystery thriller. But they won’t be pushing too fast.

The Girl Who Played With Fire was intended to release next fall but a few hurdles – the lack of a director and needed script rewrites being two – may prevent this from happening.

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop that screenwriter Steven Zaillian is still working away on the sequel’s script and that Sony/Columbia Pictures won’t move on the project until it’s up to snuff. What this means for The Girl Who Played With Fire is that it’s now less likely it’ll release with a 2013 date and instead could be pushed back into 2014.

Fincher isn’t signed to direct the sequel but he is the obvious first choice for the gig and has the option on his contract to do so. Like the studio, he could be waiting on the script revisions before deciding but he has made it clear that he’s interested. For the Swedish adaptation of the trilogy, a similar situation presented itself in that Niels Arden Oplev directed Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Alfredson taking over to helm the two sequels. Different screenwriters penned each installment and they all managed to release much closer together than the big-budget American counterparts will.

The Girl Who Played With Fire picks up a year after the events of Dragon Tattoo where Daniel Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander haven’t had any contact since the events of the first film. Most of the story of the sequel has the protagonists on their own separate journeys, although interconnected as they help each though a more complicated case within a more complicated story.

With the news of the script rewrites, we now wonder how plausible it is that both sequels shoot back-to-back if Fincher returns. He previously suggested that as his production strategy if he helms the sequels and perhaps that’s part of the delay in getting both screenplays ready. If it is, the studio and audience will benefit from the releases of the sequels not being as spaced apart.


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Source: EW

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  1. Hope they do it, really looking forward to it. There isn’t too many good mystery thrillers out there. Hope Fincher also come back.

  2. i think Fincher has better things to do then another mystery. his Dragon Tattoo was great, but hes been there and done that- Se7en, The Game, Panic Room- hes got bigger things to do

  3. I hope both films happen but IMO if Fincher does end up passing on the project I say scrap the whole thing…
    Fincher has such a unique style that a sequel or 2 without him at the helm wouldn’t feel the same. But I do hope this gets done sooner than later. Right now other than the TV series for Netflix there doesn’t seem to be anything on the horizon for Fincher and I don’t want to wait 3 or 4 years until his next film…

    • I’d be concerned if they did feel the same. Fire and Hornet’s nest are as different from each other as each are from Dragon Tattoo. They have a completely different settings and atmosphere than Dragon Tattoo’s isolated and foreboding quality. Fire deals with Lisbeth’s past and a series of murders instigated by a story Millennium was going to publish (less of a long standing mystery and more procedural) and Hornets’ Nest is primarily a courtroom drama / government conspiracy mix.

      From what I recall, the only thing that connects back to the first story are the issues Lisbeth had with the state guardian that was appointed to her after the other had his stroke.

      I guess my feeling on it is that some major changes would have to be made to the core structure of the other two entries to achieve the “same feel”, and for what each of those other two stories are I think that would be a misguided choice.

  4. Booo… I need more Rooney! I really hope this gets done at some point, with Fincher back. It kills me every time a damn near perfect film comes out, and nobody goes to see the damn thing in the theater. If more people went and seen GWTDT and it made more money, then we probably more then likely wouldn’t even be discussing the possibilities that the sequels don’t get made. NO, instead, people go and support crappy films. Then those crappy films go on to make tons of money, and then said crappy movies get sequels made! It irritates the hell out of me!

    • I’m with you. Dragon Tattoo kicked ass and as I was watching it all I could think about was how much better the next two movies could be if they do it right (if you read the books, you know what I’m talking about).

      But no. All we get is uncertainty.

  5. For the record, I seen GWTDT twice in the theater and bought it on Bluray the day it was released.

  6. If the other two didn’t come out, I wouldn’t be mad. The first one is the best

  7. I’ve seen the swedish version and I’ve seen Finchers version, it was great but regardless it is a waste of Finchers abilities!
    I’m not saying a sequel wouldn’t be enjoyable but these films already exist and I would rather see something completely new from Fincher because he is with out a doubt the best director alive.

  8. They are about as eager to green light a sequel to this film as they are to a Cowboys and Aliens 2, Golden Compass 2, or any other non-007 movie starring Daniel Craig.

    It’s too bad really, because I thought that Craig was going to be a major star even after his Bond days were over. Oh well, I’d still love to see Marvel Studios cast him as Ulysses Klaw in the Black Panther movie.

  9. It would be a huge slap in the face Stieg Larsson fans, as well as those who enjoyed the movies, to deny us TGWPWF and TGWKTHN. The novels were pure works of art and the Swedish version of the three movies were great. I felt that the US version was very faithful also. I agree, it would only make sense if the next two are shot back to back.

  10. No Fincher, no interest.

  11. god i hope fincher does this

  12. Larsson was planning to make more than just three books. Ten actually, before he died. What if, after the trilogy, they made another movie with an original story? The characters are all there, and the execs would love it, because it would mean more money.

    It would probably never happen, but still, it’d be pretty cool.

    • How about we focus on getting a single sequel first??