Sony Says DRAGON TATTOO Sequel Still Moving Forward

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While director David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is far from a box office bomb, the feature film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime novel hasn’t exactly broken records. The $90 million pic has grossed a little over $60 million domestically since its release on December 20th, but given the widespread popularity of Larsson’s book series many believed the film would be performing better. While Sony has been planning on adapting all three books in Larsson’s Millennium series from the start, Dragon Tattoo’s box office performance had me wondering if their plan would be altered. My question was given an answer today, with the news that Sony is still moving forward with an adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire. Hit the jump for more.

Speaking with EW, a Sony rep had this to say regarding the sequel:

“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book.”

The rep went on to say that “development continues” with screenwriter Steven Zaillian’s adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire. Zaillian, who wrote Dragon Tattoo, was tapped to start working on the sequel well before Fincher’s film hit theaters. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are already locked to return for both sequels, but Fincher has yet to decide whether he’ll be back. The director recently opined that, if he were to return, it would be prudent to film both The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest back-to-back. Given that Dragon Tattoo isn’t necessarily a box office smash, it’ll be interesting to see if Sony gives the go-ahead for both sequels or if they simply greenlight Fire for the time-being. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if the budget for the follow-up is reigned in a bit.

Reviews for Dragon Tattoo weren’t terrible, but the general consensus for Fincher’s take was more lukewarm than rapturous. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit and still don’t really understand some of the vitriol spewed its way; I found the story lacking (as did most), but really liked the character work with Mara and Craig. Regardless, the box office run of Dragon Tattoo is far from over and international grosses are sure to play a factor in the handling of the sequels. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon, especially regarding Fincher’s involvement.

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  • Hans

    Dear Adam, “the general consensus for Fincher’s take was more lukewarm than rapturous?”

    And get 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the same percentage that Inception received last year?
    And allowed famous critics Roger Ebert to give it 3.5/4 and Richard Roeper an A-?

    The movie was amazing, and just because you didn’t like it, Adam, doesn’t mean that the response to the movie was “lukewarm”.

  • AFahn

    There’s only one actor who SHOULD be playing Mikael Blomqvist and that’s NORMAN REEDUS. Daniel Craig phoned in his performance on the first movie and is just unbelievable, from his Brit accent to his attempts at looking tortured or burdened. Norman Reedus should be asked to do the last two films. Now.

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  • John

    Great adaptation.
    Different enough to make you think about the differences.
    Not many people willing to invest in thinking and feeling for a trilogy.
    Pity!

  • Anon

    I’d actually be up for the sequels since the Swedish versions were sub-par (probably because of the change of directors).

  • Nathan Ligon

    The vitriol spewed it’s way? The one truly negative review on metacritic was from one of the worst critics in the country for a highly conservative magazine. It is a 71 on Metacritic and an 86 on Rotten Tomatoes. Also on a number of Top Tens, nominated for 2 Critics Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Sounds like it’s just getting reamed. What vitriol are you talking about? The handful of Swedish film loyalist bloggers? Give me a break. That seems like an odd thing to mention for such an extremely well received movie.

  • Strong Enough

    smh people never learn

  • arisu

    90% of the audience liked the movie and 85% of the critics liked it too. Mara already has a golden globe nomination and is stirring oscar buzz. Even PG movies haven’t sold much tickets lately it has been one of the worst years for ticket sales since 2005 so I’m pretty much sure that Sony is still betting on the trilogy. I has been only 13 days since the opening and the movie has already made 60 millions domestically. I’m sure the movie will hold a solid box office till oscar announcements. I’m sure it will get a couple of oscar noms and that might help Sony to decide over Fincher’s future. I’m hoping he will be back to direct the sequels since the swedish films weren’t good.

  • arisu

    I’m expecting Rooney Mara, Zillian and maybe Fincher will get Oscar nods. I hope that Dragon tatoo keeps the good pace till Oscar season. 60 million domestically in only 13 days in the worst box office weekend since 2005? that’s more than decent to me. Bet you now that everyone has seen the PG films more people will want to see something more adult.

  • Xander Markham

    It’s a good adaptation and technically adept (bar one extremely intrusive CGI establishing shot), but nothing more. It would have been a lot more enjoyable had I not seen the Swedish movies first, as there’s relatively little to differentiate them other than the language and Rooney Mara’s more vulnerable interpretation of Lisbeth.

  • FireEater

    Best movie of the year. F U.

  • FireEater

    It’s starting to seem like I can’t come to this site without getting pissed off @ the writer’s opinion. If you didn’t like this movie, your opinion is meaningless to me. Not that you care, but you’ve lost another reader.

    • Rob

      Hmpf!

  • Corpse Bride

    Word-of-mouth will keep the pedal down on Fincher’s masterpiece, putting to bed all the premature naysayers who came out of the woodwork based on only one weekend.

    That said, I’d like to address the Sony rep: The rumor you’re shooting down is a product of your unwise move to release this film around Christmas. Maybe now, moron, it’ll sink in that positioning your film for the sole purpose of winning an Oscar wasn’t such a good idea.

  • henri

    Sony please make the sequel -film was excellent

  • DjFury

    Americans don’t read. It’ll do better business overseas.

  • Corpse Bride

    Adam,

    MTV called it “The Best Film of 2011;” Entertainment Weekly gave it an “A” and called Mara’s performance a ‘revelation,’ delivering with a ‘quiet power.’

    Film review 101: keep it subjective, for crissake. Your opinion doesn’t qualify as ‘general consensus,’ understand? If not, NYU Tisch offers a wonderful program in Cinema Studies.

  • /tv/

    Average American movie goers a) Don’t read, and b) Don’t like to think (sorry to all those Ameribros who aren’t like that) so it won’t do too great domestically. It will however be a hit worldwide. They will easily make a profit.

    • Convoy

      Um excuse me but this is the American remake. You do know that means that it’s in English right…

      • /tv/

        Why yes, yes I do. However if you have seen the Swedish original then you’re more likely to want to see this one to compare the changes.

        Go munch some more burgers.

  • patl

    Im lost as to the release date for this, really, next to mission impossible and sherlock holmes?

  • whatever

    The international haul will be more than enough to justify a full trilogy. It hasn’t even opened in Asia yet and Fincher has become a cult figure there. They’ll use the poor domestic take to screw fincher, craig and mara down on their contracts and film the movies back to back to cut costs.
    This is going to end up like the Bourne movies – the first one didn’t do well until it went to dvd where it found a massive and lasting audience. Sony will ultimately make out like bandits.

  • whatever

    The international haul will be more than enough to justify a full trilogy. It hasn’t even opened in Asia yet and Fincher has become a cult figure there. They’ll use the poor domestic take to screw fincher, craig and mara down on their contracts and film the movies back to back to cut costs.
    This is going to end up like the Bourne movies – the first one didn’t do well until it went to dvd where it found a massive and lasting audience. Sony will ultimately make out like bandits.

  • D B Cooper

    Ok, so I read. And I enjoy movies. I’ve read all three books and seen all three(now 4) films. I was also a film critic in both print and television. I thought the film was good but not great, perhaps my expectations were higher than they should have been. There was too much time after the villain was dispatched until the end of the movie. Overall a very good film, but not a great one.

  • Marge

    Not long out of a screening and I am still thinking about this English language version of the mega popular Swedish Millennium films GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST derived from the brilliant bestsellers. Purists may be up in arms, but think outside the box, what I witnessed was an almost perfect movie.It does, however, have an ending that will divide the audience, different from the foreign version but good enough for me to want to see the whole thing ALL OVER AGAIN and wait for the sequel.

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  • tzndra

    loved the movie and characters played by Craig and Mara! so powerful portrayed by actors, specially Mara she has gone the total transformation and dug deep into the character. still reeling the scenes from the film, wow!

  • Mike R

    Why the U.S. version of “Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” didn’t do well in the box office? It would have been successful if the movie was made ten years ago before the speed of Internet and Netflix popularity increased. I remember reading about the impact of the book and the seeing the Swedish movies all around the same time the U.S. version was being filmed. It goes to show that movie producers that are use to the old way of doing things will not be successful if time and speed of product readiness isn’t in-tune with what the public already knows, with it’s new global perspectives. As an American, I felt that my intellegence was insulted and that I was being fooled into a reverse-engineered product with reconstructed hype based on what was genuine – but just in a different language.

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