Remember that time Sony and MGM teamed with David Fincher for an adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, made a brilliant movie and then decided not to bother adapting parts two and three of Stieg Larson's bestselling trilogy? It's a particularly sore spot for me, on account of Dragon Tattoo being perhaps my all-time favorite movie, or certainly the one I've watched most.
Fincher's remake was released in 2011, but its box office performance was a touch underwhelming ($232m from a $90m budget) and neither Fincher nor his leading stars, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, signed on for the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire. Earlier this year it was reported that Sony would make the movie without any of the above names, which went down like a lead balloon, but since then the project appears to have gone cold.
They say good things come to those who wait, though, and this week Rooney Mara spoke to Screen Daily about the chances of her involvement in the sequel, should Sony ever see the light and press ahead with the movie. Asked whether she'd be willing to bleach her brows and embody Lisbeth Salander once more, she said:
You might think it's a reach to describe this as good news, per se, but it's difficult to imagine anybody else in the role of Lisbeth at this point, and if Mara is vocal enough about going back, it could force Sony's hand in getting the sequel out of development hell and into production.
In The Girl Who Played With Fire, Lisbeth returns to Sweden after a holiday (of sorts) somewhere it's not always snowing, and pretty much instantly becomes the primary suspect in a bizarre double-murder case. Whereas Dragon Tattoo is more or less Mikael's story, Fire shifts the focus squarely onto Lisbeth, and it falls to Blomkvist to return the favor and help his friend and on-off lover. The book is another winner, and the Swedish movie adaptation with Noomi Rapace is perfectly good. Rooney Mara does it better, though, and I need this sequel in my life sooner or later.
Hopefully this isn't the last we've heard of The Girl Who Played With Fire. Mara next stars in Lion (with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel) and Una. Daniel Craig will take the lead in Showtime's 20-episode TV series Purity, and also stars opposite Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, both out in 2017.
Swedish vs American: Which Did It Better?