If The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been the smashing success Sony hoped for, we would probably be getting the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, by the end of this year. Surprisingly, audiences didn’t want to watch “The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas”, and while the film managed to gross $232 million worldwide, it was still a disappointment when you consider the $90 million budget. Sony wants to continue The Millennium Series, but the studio is carefully considering how to proceed.
Hit the jump for what the future may hold for Lisbeth Salander.
According to THR, Sony is “hellbent” on reducing the cost of the sequel. This cost reduction might mean cutting Daniel Craig, who is asking for a higher payday after the success of Skyfall (even though he’s never had a hit film outside of the Bond franchise). His character Mikael Blomkvist doesn’t factor heavily into Played with Fire, although a source tells THR that the actor wants to reprise the role. Sony is also somewhat reluctant to commission a rewrite since they paid mid-seven figures for Steve Zaillian‘s script, which is considered production ready, and the screenwriter is currently busy on the HBO series Criminal Justice.
There’s also a question of whether director David Fincher will return or not. He isn’t attached to the sequel, and last August he said he’s still “figuring out” the story. Even though he recently signed on to direct an adaptation of the hit novel Gone Girl, THR says that script is far from ready. The biggest competition for his next film is his long-in-development adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but he and Disney can’t agree on a budget. Personally, I’d like to see him go with 20,000 Leagues since it would be completely unlike anything he’s done before.
For those unfamiliar with The Girl Who Played with Fire, here’s the synopsis of Stieg Larsson‘s novel:
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past. [Amazon]