Sony Going Ahead with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Sequels Despite Weak Box Office

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David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opened to disappointing box office although it didn’t absolutely tank.  It’s an R-rated movie opening at the holiday season, but Sony expected a bigger success based on the ridiculous sales of Stieg Larsson‘s novel of the same name.  More worrisome for Sony is that the movie, despite being set out the US, isn’t connecting with international audiences, and according to Deadline, “GWDT pened only 3rd in the UK, and disappointing in Asia, and ‘not as good as hoped for’ in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.”

Sony has held off on giving the greenlight to the sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, but they’ve had Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steve Zaillian at work on both.  Now the studio has officially pulled the trigger on completing the “Millennium Trilogy”.  Hit the jump for more.

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.

Screenwriter Steven Zaillian Talks THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Sequels, and How He Might Direct the Remake of TIMECRIMES

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Last weekend, Sony held a big press junket in New York City for director David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I got to participate in a great press conference with Fincher, Rooney Mara, and Daniel CraigClick here if you missed it.  As most of you know, Dragon Tattoo is the first in Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy and it centers on a disgraced journalist (Craig) who’s hired to investigate the mysterious 40-year-old disappearance of a young woman.  Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant young hacker who teams up with Craig.

Shortly after the press conference ended, I got to sit down with screenwriter Steven Zaillian for an exclusive interview.  As a big fan of his previous work on American Gangster, Moneyball, Searching for Bobby Fischer (which he wrote and directed) and Schindler’s List (full resume here), I was excited to hear about his collaboration with David Fincher and also how he writes screenplays.  In addition, we also talked about how he got involved in the project, how quickly it came together, the changes he made to make Dragon Tattoo work as a movie, the status of the sequels and how they might shoot them back to back, and he also revealed that he might be directing the remake of Timecrimes.  Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Sequels Likely Shooting Back to Back

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With director David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo set to open in a few days, earlier today I attended a press conference in New York City with Fincher, Rooney Mara, and Daniel Craig.  In the coming days I’ll have a transcript (with audio), but I wanted to post a bit of news from the interview today.

Even though the first film has yet to open, with the popularity of Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy, it’s almost certain Dragon Tattoo will be a big hit for Sony and they’ll likely move ahead with the sequels as fast as they can.  Since the second and third books (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) are one story, Fincher was asked if he might shoot the sequels back to back.  Continued after the jump.

Fourth MILLENIUM Book by Stieg Larsson Found; Possible Film Down the Line?

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The shroud of mystery surrounding Stieg Larsson’s potential 10 book narrative that began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has an interesting new twist. While the Swedish author never lived to see the roaring success that his trilogy and book adaptations have become, he might have one last trick up his sleeve. Larsson died at the age of 50 from a heart attack, but he may have finished a fourth novel in the potential 10 book arc that was recently discovered by his long-term partner Eva Gabrielsson. However, there is an enormous caveat that is frustrating and relieving at the same time. Hit the jump for full details on why this might not become a fourth film and more.

Daniel Craig Closes Deal to Star in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Trilogy

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Daniel Craig has closed a deal to star in David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as its two sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestDeadline reports that Craig will begin filming in early fall after he wraps on Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.  Combined with James Bond—which is currently in stasis due to MGM’s financial woes—Craig is now in two major franchises and possibly a third since he has an option on a Cowboys & Aliens sequel.

In the “Millennium Trilogy” (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first part) , Craig will play disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, but the role attracting the most attention is that of asocial but brilliant hacker/researcher Lisbeth Salander.  Reportedly, the final candidates for the part are Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Sophie Lowe (Blame), Rooney Mara (Fincher’s upcoming The Social Network), and an unidentified French actress.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is slated to open on December 21, 2011.

David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Slated for December 2011; Sequels Will Be Shot Together

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Today brings further confirmation that David Fincher will next tackle an adaptation of the Swedish novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as details on its release and the possibility of sequels.  Tattoo is the first entry in late author Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy, and the third, titled The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, is finally set for American release later this month.  In anticipation of the event, news has arisen that suggests the cinematic adaptation of Tattoo will hit theaters in December 2011 with David Fincher and director Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) on board.  Not only that, but with material at the ready, the two potential sequels would be shot back to back.  Details after the jump.

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