David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been received well by critics (85% on Rotten Tomatoes) and Rooney Mara has received praise for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander, but the movie is only expected to be a mild hit when its theatrical run is over.
Fincher’s version cost Sony $90m to produce (the original cost $7m and earned $105m) but so far it’s only grossed $72 million worldwide. That’s not bad for an R-rated thriller that’s been out for 3 weeks, but with such as high budget Sony was probably hoping for something higher, especially given the book has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
The Girl Who Played with Fire, the follow-up to Dragon Tattoo, already has a script written by Steven Zaillian who worked on the first film, and a Sony rep recently confirmed to EW that it was still on track to be made.
“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,”
Given the film’s merely decent performance, there’s been much speculation about whether Sony will now actually move forward with the sequel. But the Sony rep tells us that “development continues” on the sequel and Steven Zaillian is still working on the script as planned.
While Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are already signed on for further films director David Fincher is not, but he’s already expressed interest in shooting The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest back-to-back so if he does return it’ll probably be for both films.
Dragon Tattoo has yet to open in many European territories so it could still end up with a gross Sony are happy with. The last we heard the studio was targeting a late-2013 release for Played With Fire, so shooting may begin later this year.