Reasons for the Delay on THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE; Daniel Craig May Be Written Out

     January 31, 2013


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.

girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-movie-image-daniel-craig-01According 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]


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  • The Game was lost

    Not a major part of the story?! You can’t have the other two books without Blomkvist! If Sony cuts the character out, then there’s not point to make the film at all!


    this film is a classic like a girl version of taxi driver, kicking a dildo up a pedofiles ass what a scene.

  • junierizzle

    This movie sucked. Everyone should just walk away. No one will be upset if we never get a sequel. The story just isn’t that good. I don’t care hoe cool you film it. It’s an episode of American History Story: Asylum at best. Actually that’s giving it too much credit.

    • Enigmatic

      For heavens sake please speak for yourself, I for one would love to see the this made but only if Daniel Craig returns. There is no way it will work without Mikael Blomkvist.

      • Lexavi80

        I also want the sequel to happen. I actually loved GWTDT!

        But honestly, I would only like if Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig and David Fincher are back. I always liked David Fincher’s direction, and I don’t want to see someone else messing with what he accomplished with the first film.

  • Sean

    Were studio executives really expecting a rated R movie involving rape to gross more than $230 million world wide? It seems the problem with the film wasn’t that it underperformed so much as they over spent. $230 million is a very respectable number for a film with this subject matter even considering the talent involved.

  • Maro Leon


    (American Horror Story)

    Before trying to insult or compare a movie to anything please at least reference it correctly.


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  • Jack

    I’m starting to get a little disappointed by today’s a list talent. First Johnny drop drops out of Wes Anderson’s new movie, then Robert Downey jr passes on pta’s inherent vice, and now Daniel Craig is holding up David fincher? I would imagine these guys would jump to working with the auteur directors of their time

  • Lloyd

    The second book is like a Tarantino film, very pulp. The third plays out like a tightly wound clock, so many moving parts and a great ending. I would die to see Fincher, Mara, and Craig finish the series. Sony, take one for the team and shoot both at the same time.

  • J

    Both books were great, haven’t finished The Hornet’s Nest but like where it’s going. Hope they get made.

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  • SP1234


    Daniel Craig is not being written out. Rooney confirmed this at the Side Effects premiere and said that it was just a rumor.

  • TuffsNotEnuff

    “Dragon Tattoo” as a remake was very impressive in the Rooney Mara scenes, but pedestrian with Daniel Craig. The killer, after all, was a serial woman killer. The Blomqvist character is clueless about what is happening even when he should know better — unsure until he is chained up and ready for slaughter.

    “Fire” is a war in miniature. Salander and her father replay the murderous savagery of the Cold War, mostlly in memories, while she carries on after her earlier battle with a Swedish villain worthy of Goldman, Sachs and its “Abacus” megascam. Lisbeth’s Aspergers comes and goes, including solving Fremat’s Last Theorem, a central problem in mathematics, with primitive intellectual tools and taking a Creole god for a lover. (That depends on punning the Swedish into Creole.)

    The book’s description of the battle at her father’s farm is not up to it. Digging yourself out of a grave failed in the first filmed version and it’ll fail again. That needs a clean up.

    But Lisbeth is a role of a lifetime. As good as Brandon Teena. If David Fincher can make “Fire,” he’s one movie into it with learning how far he can allow Rooney Mara to go. “May I kill him?” is not the line you want to let float with other actresses.

  • cytus

    I would love to see Rooney
    again as Lisa bet , I don’t care much about the other actors and director. She is the focus.

  • Michael Scott

    The trilogy has already been done with a more believable female lead..Stick with Noomi Rapace…

  • gb2cv

    Typical Americans – meddle with something that is not yours and ruin it! And of course it is all for money. Hollywood is not suited to this classy story. I am surprised they didn’t want to base the film in some backyard state of the good ol’ US of A(ssholes)

  • Georgia Peach

    Just saw the 3rd and final movie in the Swedish original Millennium series. The 3rd film is gonna be very hard 2 sustain interest in for an audience SO I hope they consider figuring out a way 2 combine The Girl Who Played with Fire AND The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest since SO MUCH of the 3rd Swedish movie was a re-counting of events of TGWPWF–boring if U saw the 2nd movie. KEEP DANIEL CRAIG! Keep David Fincher. Even keep Trent Reznor’s score….JUST DO IT!!!! The Girl Who Played with Fire is a kick-ass movie so Hollywood should do the homage.

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