No one expected Sony to stop after adapting Stieg Larsson’s first novel, but fans will still be pleased to hear that the studio is already pushing forward on production for a The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel—an adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire.
Dragon Tattoo has not exactly been a financial success. The film has grossed only $60 million from its $90 million budget since its American opening on Dec. 20, likely due in part to its gritty plot, style and source material. Director David Fincher and star Daniel Craig are both remarkable talents who have appealed to a variety of audiences in the past, but the essence of the Millenium Trilogy sort of outweighs any and all of the individuals involved.
Still, fans of the series are likely to remain dedicated attendees of The Girl Who Played with Fire and, if the series gets this far (which I believe it will), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Both Craig and Rooney Mara, who plays the series’ iconic character Lisbeth Salander, are on board to star in Played with Fire. The first film’s screenwriter Steve Zaillian is also signed on to return. Fincher has not yet decided if he will return as director.