You either build a franchise with top-notch talent—writers, directors, actors, composers, cinematographers or absolutely botch it for business reasons. Sony Pictures has decided to reboot 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' series of films, which in 2011 was released to a $233 million worldwide box-office earnings. The film, adapted from the book by Steig Larrson, was written for the screen by Academy Award winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian and directed by one of the best filmmakers of our time, David Fincher. Fincher's take on the world of Lisbeth Salander limned by audacious Rooney Mara brought forth a unique sense of authenticity to the screen and for the fans of the novels. I, personally, haven't seen the Swedish version, yet as a film aficionado the Fincher film has completely fulfilled my desires.
The reboot will skip a few books in the series written by Stieg Larrson and tackle the recently published novel by David Lagercrantz, which is titled: The Girl in The Spider's Web. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Steven Knight is in early talks to pen the script, who has written the masterpiece, Eastern Promises. As of yet the studio hasn't named as to who will direct or star. But the studio is proceeding without Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and director David Fincher.
Fincher's film was cogent; it was stylish, dark, cold, an artistic presentation of a character study and also perspicuous despite it being lengthy. Overall, it was a generous piece of cinema from a filmmaker with an absolute artistic point of view, whom has an enormous amount of respect for the medium. Fincher's film brought Jeff Cronenworth to lens the noirish theme of the novel—the world in which Salander and Blomkvist are lost. Fincher's film is utterly innocuous to cinema-goers, filmmakers, aficionados of the film world, aspiring artists and as well as when it comes to cinema itself. Commencing this all over, it's as if remaking Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
To not think about the business perspective of the studio, the project, the sequel to Fincher's film, The Girl Who Played with Fire, should be set aside. The studio can wait. Fincher, I'm sure is still very much interested in the Steve Zallian script, for which Sony has paid mid-seven figures, per the reports. Daniel Craig might change his mind. After all, he needs a second franchise once his 007 contract expires. How many films is he obligated to make according to the terms of that contract? One more. And when it comes to Rooney Mara, she absolutely adores her character and most important, this project earned her first Oscar nomination. As best and mind-blowing of an actress Rooney is, as there are many other projects to pick, she wants to again work with David Fincher. Not many actors possess such attitude.
What the executives, in my opinion, should do is to focus a little more on originality. It seems like all Sony Pictures is fond of is rebooting their projects—Spider-man films leading to The Amazing Spider-Man, again and again. Part of this studio's business deal is to keep building sand castles. If they don't end up standing, or bring viewers, they restart all over. This sand castle approach of the studio is now about to botch what David Fincher and his team has created, a solid motion picture known as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
This piece doesn't indicate that writer Steven Knight's abilities are in question. Knight is not only a competent screenwriter, but a filmmaker as well. His adaptation of the The Girl in Spider's Web will be honest to the source material, but for a studio to leap over a sequel that's already written and rushing with a different writer, director and actors to restart the franchise over, it's a preposterous move.