David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake caused a stir when initially announced. Sony, who threw a sizeable budget at the movie, were hoping for a significant return on their investment. Bearing in mind the popularity of the Millennium series of novels on which it’s based, that assumption wasn’t unrealistic. But the end product still flopped at the box office, anyway.
In the four years since, much talk has been made out of the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and the possible threequel, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Even though the studio hired Steven Zaillian to write a screenplay for Fire in the recent past. it’s seemed as if the entire U.S. franchise was dead in the water.
That may have changed, however, in light of a new report from THR, who believe that the studio are still hoping to produce more movies based on the adventures of Lisbeth Salander. The trade suggests that this is all happening because the fourth book in the Millenium series, The Girl In The Spider’s Web is due to hit shelves soon. As Sony owns the big screen rights to that book, it makes sense to bring Fire and Hornet’s Nest to the screen to capitalize on the novel’s success. The plan is to combine those two novels into one movie and then produce the Spider’s Web movie, which would effectively conclude the trilogy.
However, as exciting as this news may be, it seems as though all of those movies will be created without any input from Fincher whatsoever. Even though his The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was met with a mixed critical reception, it’s hardly a ‘bad’ movie by any stretch of the imagination. The fact that only last September he was holding out hope for a chance to helm the sequels leads us to believe this might be a clash between Fincher and Sony.
More news on this as it develops.