Despite speculation that Sony was quietly burying its planned English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ follow-up “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, it seems that things are still progressing albeit slowly.
Screenwriter Steven Zaillian tells EW that he’s still hard at work on the screenplay, but as of now the earliest any film could see the light of day would be 2014 and not late 2013 as previously hoped.
The second book in the series is set a year onwards. Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is approached by a young journalist couple with a meticulously researched thesis about Swedish sex trafficking amongst high-ranking public and private figures.
When both they and Lisbeth Salander’s abusive former guardian are found murdered, Lisbeth is painted as the prime suspect. The trail leads to a dark incident in Lisbeth’s past and a mysterious figure known only as ‘Zala’ who is the key to everything.
It remains unclear if David Fincher will return to direct, he is the first choice but isn’t attached as yet and right now no-one seems to be in a rush on the project. Both Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are already signed for the trilogy.