The moment Sony fast-tracked plans to develop an American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in 2011 – only two years after the release of the original, Noomi Rapace version – a handful of moviegoers were understandably perplexed.
Drafting in top-tier talent in the form of Daniel Craig, director David Fincher and The Social Network‘s Rooney Mara as the enigmatic Lisbeth Salander, the end product was a chilling, largely enjoyable psychological thriller, and though Sony had initially mapped out plans to adapt Stieg Larsson’s full Millennium series, off the back of lowly box office returns, those plans quickly unravelled.
Indeed, interest in the English-language version appears to be waning and waning fast, but as is so often the case, Sony’s radio silence on the matter has only fuelled speculation regarding Dragon Tattoo‘s future. Early on, reports claimed the studio wanted to push on with its adaptation sans Fincher and Craig – pricey contract negotiations put paid to a reunion, apparently – while last year we reported that Rooney Mara herself remained on board despite reports to the contrary. Now, not so much.
Though the actress continues to entertain the prospect, Screen Daily quizzed Mara recently about the fabled Dragon Tattoo follow-up, to which she replied: “Yes, I’m still open to it but I’m not holding out hope any more.” Don’t hold your breath, essentially.
Five years is a fairly long time to wait for a sequel of this nature, and the fact that Sony appears to be mapping out plans to continue the series via The Girl in the Spider’s Web – the first installment in the Millennium series not to be penned by the late Larsson – it would seem Rooney Mara’s time as Lisbeth Salander is all but finished.
But tell us, are you holding out hope for a follow-up to the English-language version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? Let us know by commenting below.
Source: Screen Daily