David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like something of an anomaly at this point. The movie was pretty well received by critics and was based off a hugely successful book that sold 25 million copies in the US alone, but failed to live up to the expectations of the studio as it only grossed $102 million in the US from a $90 million dollar budget. Perhaps the Swedish movies that came out ahead of Fincher's version satisfied the audiences who didn't feel the need to revisit the tale a second time in a theater?
The Missing Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sequel
Sony has certainly been keeping their hopes alive. They paid millions of dollars for a script based on the second book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, but whether it was over budget concerns or trying to negotiate with Fincher and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the plans for a sequel have remained stagnant as all the principles went on to things like Gone Girl and getting on with another Bond movie. This is a dictionary definition of what is called "development hell" in the movie business.
Well, Sony may have seen their ladder out of development hell with the recent news of another entry in the Lisbeth Salander/Millennium Series being published. Wait, you may be wondering, isn't Stieg Larsson, the writer of these books, dead? Yes, indeed he is, but writer David Lagercrantz was hired by the writer's estate to continue the series and on September 1st of this year we'll see the release of The Girl in the Spider's Web.
The Buzz in The Girl in the Spider's Web
After seeing the social media buzz and headlines that were made and clicked upon after the announcement of this new book, the Hollywood Reporter was quick to pick up on talks at Sony where producers are trying to figure out how best to capitalize on the renewed interest in the series. And it seems that the best bet is that Sony will go right to the new material if they are going to continue the story on screen at all.
The Studio That Played With Fire
This seems to put Sony in a damned if they do damned if they don't situation. Skipping over two books to pick up on a fourth book penned by a different author, though reportedly picking up where The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest left off, may irk many of the series' fans. But by now it's been over five years since The Girl Who Played With Fire was published in the US and it could be seen as risky to find out if the renewed interest the announcement of the new book has generated will translate into interest for a sequel to a mildly received 2011 movie.
It's a shame, David Fincher's take on the material was a much moodier, more intense and a general improvement over the original movie - which isn't a common occurrence when it comes to these situations. There are certainly other directors and actors who could replace the team behind The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and maybe Sony thinks that enough people ignored the first movie so it wouldn't be a big deal if they did reboot the series, but it's easy to think that this move could easily lead to another disappointment for Sony.
What do you think? Should Sony give up on the series? Do you want to see Fincher, Craig and Mara back for more? Should Sony reboot the series with a whole new cast for The Girl in the Spider's Web? Take to the comments, dear reader!