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Dragon could yet breathe fire

04 Jan 2012
Sony confident that a sequel will be made
As The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues its roll out to international market, it’s already clawed back over $70 million worldwide on a production budget of $90 million dollars.

Even before those ever secretive marketing numbers, that’s a high cost for an R-rated movie but Sony Pictures is confident that the film will continue to grow, so much so that they are already working on the sequel.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, a Sony representative was positive about the present and future earnings of the film ‘[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book’. It has also been confirmed that scribe Steve Zaillian is already working on the adaptation of the second book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

I liked Dragon Tattoo well enough but there’s a sense of fatigue at seeing the same, rather leaden, stories repeated time and again. For my money, the second book is easily the most spry of the three and the previous was a lot of fun in a lurid and ridiculous way so it might well work better with a bigger budget.

David Fincher isn’t contracted to return for the sequel though may yet decide to while Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are there for the long haul. And if you thought Salander’s character went through the wringer in Dragon Tattoo, wait til you see what the second story has in store for the young woman.

The Girl who Played with Fire will likely arrive at cinemas in 2013. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is in cinemas now.