It was a best-selling phenomenon. It spawned a trilogy of hit Swedish movies which turned Noomi Rapace into a global star. It also generated an American adaptation helmed by David Fincher that scored good notices and a decent $232 million worldwide.
Yet with a budget of $90 million, Fincher’s R-rated English language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-seller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” wasn’t a runaway hit. As a result, progress on the sequel has stumbled since the first film’s release over three years ago.
Sadly it now appears the project may well be dead. Rooney Mara, who took on the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander in the first movie, has indicated in an interview with E! Online that the second novel in the series “The Girl Who Played with Fire” isn’t likely to get a U.S. screen treatment:
“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m sad never to do it again, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards.”
The comments follow on from some more optimistic ones by filmmaker David Fincher back in September who said that due to Sony Pictures having already invested in the franchise so much, it’s unlikely they’ll just let it drift off:
“I think because (Sony) already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script, it will result in something. The script that we now have has huge potential. I can reveal that it is extremely different from the book.”
That likely leaves Daniel Alfredson’s 2009 movie/mini-series adaptation as the only screen version of the best-seller that we’ll likely get to see.