David Fincher’s highly praised, fairly successful but uber-expensive 2011 English language take on Steig Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was meant to be the first of a trilogy for the auteur. Sadly, the film was plagued with problems between the studio and the director, the latter demanding a huge upfront payment (rumour has it $10m) amongst clashes over the script, costs and direction of the story. The film, which has a published production cost of $90m though murmurs had it landing more around the $150m mark, was a costly one given the story and cast involved. It went on to gross $233m globally.
It’s a strong enough gross to warrant ramping up the sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire but the studio has been hesitant to do so on a budget as high as Dragon Tattoo. Fincher has said he won’t be returning to the film and star Rooney Mara has been quoted as saying she’s not ‘holding out much hope’ for it, either. AS we know in this game, never say never..
With news that a non Steig Larsson (he died before the original trilogy was published) authored 4th book is due to be published in September 2015, THR are reporting that Sony are considering melding The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest into one movie. The idea being they would move forward without Fincher and give themselves the option to then adapt The Girl In The Spider’s Web, the new novel, after it to make it the trilogy.
The no confirmation of Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara or producer Scott Rudin to return to the franchise at this stage either.
More soon. For your viewing pleasure, the opening title sequence of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo…