“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” can’t be called a flop. It actually made a decent amount of money, $102.5 million. The reviews were generally decent. However, it is fair to call it a disappointment, because Sony clearly thought it would be one of the big hits of the 2011 holiday season, with plenty of awards notice; after all, it was a much publicized adaptation of a huge, megahit best-seller. Instead, it played its run with little fanfare and didn’t make a dent in the year end awards. Before the movie was released, adapting the two other books in Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium Trilogy,” seemed like a given, with the second coming quickly, at the end of 2013. After the first film’s solid but unspectacular showing, it didn’t seem quite so certain.
The second film is a go, though, says EW; however, it will likely appear in 2014 rather than 2013. Reportedly Steve Zaillian, who adapted the first book, is still working on the script for “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and they are not setting any definite plans until the script is set. At that pace, Rooney Mara’s Lisabeth Salander will be pushing 30 by the time they get around to “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”
Mara and Daniel Craig are locked in to reprise their roles in two more films, but David Fincher, who directed the first, hasn’t singed on for the second. He hasn’t said no, either. Basically he might be back, he might not. If not, we’ll have the fun of seeing who Sony wants to take over the franchise.