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Is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Sequel CANNED?!

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Wow. We seriously hope that this is NOT true!

While David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a critical success - and even nabbed its star Rooney Mara an Academy Award nomination - it apparently did not make enough money for the studio head honchos to feel confident in beginning production on its sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire!

Sources reveal that the movie cost around $100 million to make, and even though it brought in $231 million worldwide, it still suffered a modest loss and would need another 10% back in revenue to break even - mainly due to what is speculated to be its expensive marketing costs, which are not covered in the budget.

While reps from Sony maintain that Fire is "still in development," no word yet on the project being greenlit, and no shoot or release day set on the Internet Movie Database!


We do NOT like the sound of this at all!

Especially because the second and third books are when shiz REALLY starts to get inneresting!

Here's hoping these suits can put aside the number-crunching for just a bit and take their SUPREMELY talented cast and crew for another walk in the life of Lisbeth Salander!

How about U?? Do U want to see The Girl Who Played With Fire hit the big screen??

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26 comments to “Is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Sequel CANNED?!”

  1. someonehad2 says – reply to this


    I think the real issue is a creative one: the sequel books aren't that great nor do they take the characters in a direction that will make hit movies. Good for Sony for knowing when to call it a day. No point in being loyal to novels that won't make great films.

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    So marketing was $131 million? Bull

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    Re: IzzyLizzy – The movie cost 100 mill to make thats a fact, but they dont want to release how much they spent on marketing

  4. david says – reply to this


    They better hurry if they do want to make them, with the same cast, because Miss Mara's scheduling is filling up quick!

    I think what it boils down to is Fincher not returning for sequels. I read an article just the other day saying that Zaillian had already finished the next two screenplay re-writes of Larsson's source material, and that they would likely shoot the next two at the same time, or back to back, when/if it happens. But Fincher is notoriously difficult to work with, Netflix was supposedly already have problems with him wanting more finance on top of another $100mil budget… and if you watched TGWTDT extras, the man is 'eccentric' to put it mildly when it comes to his vision, he spent thousand$ CGI'ing in a tiny little part in Lisbeth's hair during ONE scene, it was ridiculous. As is somehow LOSING money on a film that grossed 1/4 Billion $$$. So if it's new director or nothing, as much as I love Fincher's work, I'll go with new director.

    Besides, a lot of people who'd never read the books anyway fell in love with the Salander character now, so cut the budget in half and watch the money roll in next time… just don't release it during Christmas FFS, because that's what killed their profits - the weak opening (that's when the studios get the most money back %-wise from the cinemas).

  5. 5

    If people want to watch the sequels they can watch the originals! :) There is something called subtitles…

  6. 6

    Only if we are lucky.

  7. j.no says – reply to this


    Part of the $90million (not $100m, do your due diligence research) is the marketing. Even if the marketing wasn't included it wouldn't have been more than $25m. They absolutely made money on this film, and it's in active pre-production. It's not exactly easy nailing down schedules for an ensemble cast AND locations. It's a film that's quick to turn around. If they film this fall it can easily be released Winter 2013.

  8. demode says – reply to this


    They should probably film the next two movies back-to-back to save money.

  9. 9

    What is comes down to is after people read the books they saw the movies in swedish and they are fantastic! Why watch the remakes when you've already seen the originals. That's what I did and I loved the original lisbeth and won't watch anyone else.

  10. JCSee says – reply to this


    The swedish version was so much better, so just watch those sequels.

  11. Norsk says – reply to this


    Just watch the original films. They are so much better, talk about a talented crew! Never understood why Hollywood had to make their own rip-off of such an amazing trilogy anyways..

  12. 12

    This is why I hate award shows. They only award the movies that are "most popular" and they never recognize true talent. It's like each person who nominates and votes for a movie has a fifteen year old girl inside of their brain.

  13. catchingfire says – reply to this


    It's a shame this won't get a sequel because I liked Mara, but the original was so much better.

  14. 14

    what hurt the movie, was releasing it around christmas. who ever thought that was a good idea was a moron.

  15. 15

    Re: Wilshawlr – but that was the case, the MTV movie awards are based on fans voting…it's just for fun, i don't think celebrities take it seriously.

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    Re: Queen92 – aside from Noomi Rapace, the swedish films are mediocre.

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    Re: November74 – that's not really being fair, is it? mara was nominated for an oscar for the role, i think you need to get off your high horse and give fincher's a chance.

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    Good news. Fincher's version was simply not good enough. He didn't get the books and he certainly didn't get Lisbeth Salander. The Swedish films will never measure up in terms of production value but at least they tried to capture the social pathos that is the key to Millenium trilogy's success.

  19. shellbelle says – reply to this


    i want to see more. I loved the movie. I love Rooney and Daniel. I loved it! I'm dying to see more! I hate that it took 100 million to make…really? Maybe they need to rethink how they spend and maybe ditch the green screens once in a while, I mean, did he really need to add MORE snow fall during a 30 sec scene? Lets just say, Fincher's obsessed perfection hurt this series!!!

  20. Dary says – reply to this


    I don't really care if they film the second one, I thought the Russian version was way better. when i watch the the Russian one i couldn't take my eyes of the screen and not because of the captions. matter of fact it was so good i actually forgot that i was reading the captions about 20 mins in to the movie.

  21. Mlissa says – reply to this


    Re: Queen92 – Exactly ! I have not read the books and have seen all three originals and loved them.

  22. hi says – reply to this


    You know, there is an original trilogy that came out in 2009…from Sweden…with real Swedish actors. Did Hollywood think Americans were too lazy to read subtitles? Love Daniel Craig, but come on, it already existed.

  23. Whatever Reason says – reply to this


    A lot of people hate Mara, she sucked at role, quite disrespectful of the character if you ask me. She is the reason it didn't work. The in people loved it no one else did. F the in people.

  24. SF Rolandro says – reply to this


    "The Swedish ones are so much better."
    Kind of hard to make that assertion when they've only made the one Hollywood version. Side by side, the American one was better on many fronts, inlcuding estalishing the relationships between the two leads. Rapace was limited by her directory's vision - her Salander was a one-note howl of feminine rage. There was zero chemistry between Nyquist and Rapace, they acted like ciphers throughout that first film. The story was better in the Swedish version, but so what? The Vanger mystery was problematic (and for seasoned mystery buffs, so on-the-nose as to bore you to death). I want more of this version before I give an opionion one way or the other.
    But anyway, the real problem here is Sony. They lost $6.4 BILLION in 2011, due to the earthquake and to the zero margins being seen in the sales of HDTVs. The idea that the entertainment division can make this up making hard R-17 'adult' sequels that will for reasons of casting and location will always be expensive to make is not one that I'd put a bet on right now. Which is sad, because I really do want to see them play out the whole story.

  25. gimmesequel says – reply to this


    Hollywood needs to make a sequel period. I have read all the books, and I have seen all of the swedish version films with english subtitles. Not only did it suck to have to watch the movie with some extremely amateur subtitles, being that I do not speak or understand swedish language, but the swedish version edited out and/or re-rote most of what the book tells. While the Hollywood version followed the storyline the way it should have!

  26. San Jovi says – reply to this


    Make the sequels!!! We want to see them.