‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Likely Dead According to Star
The further and further we get from David Fincher’s 2011 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the more unlikely it seems that we are going to get the two sequels in the Millennium Trilogy.
Demand for The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest just isn’t there anymore and star Rooney Mara told E! Online this week that the likelihood of her playing Lisbeth Salander again is slim.
“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,” said Mara.
There’s a number of factors as to why the sequels aren’t happening. For one, the first film made just over $230 million worldwide which, against a budget of around $100 million, should signify a hit. But when you compare it to other popular book adaptations like The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Gone Girl which all made at least $350 million worldwide, audiences weren’t exactly clamoring to see Tattoo especially considering three swedish versions had just come out the previous year.
The second factor is the icy negotiations between Fincher, star Daniel Craig and Sony Pictures. Fincher is notorious for being a perfectionist and when the budget for Dragon Tattoo ballooned to more than $100 million when you factor in marketing, Sony wouldn’t agree to nine-figure sums for the two sequels. In addition, Craig’s star power following Dragon Tattoo and more importantly Skyfall, rose to A-list level meaning he wanted significantly more money for the two sequels. Sony wasn’t willing to do that.
But the interesting thing is that Sony just went through a massive hack and scandal with its employees. The company has been losing money and they aren’t exactly churning out successful franchises. Their staple, Spider-Man, has been floundering to the point where they finally conceded some level of creativity to Marvel to bring the character out of mediocrity.
Despite the law of diminishing returns on the Dan Brown adaptions (Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons), they are moving forward on a third film with director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks. Inferno will be released in 2016.
The only successful franchise at the moment for the company is 21 Jump Street and a third film in that series isn’t planned any time soon. So the question is why not make the sequels to Dragon Tattoo if you’re Sony? What do you have to lose?
Fincher just came off the biggest hit of his career in Gone Girl, Craig has literally only played James Bond since wrapping Dragon Tattoo and while Mara has had a busy schedule since that movie, she’s obviously game to return to the franchise that made her.
As someone who loved the first film, I’m obviously disappointed by Mara’s comments. Dragon Tattoo ended on such a cliffhanger that every time I watch it now I think, “What could have been.”
Alien Sequel Confirmed with Neill Blomkamp Making it in the Vein of the First Two Films
What started out as nothing more than playing around with some concept art has turned into a full blown directing gig for Neill Blomkamp. The District 9 director had some ideas for an Alien film he’d like to make and 20th Century Fox liked them so much they recently announced he would be directing a new film set within the Alien universe with Ridley Scott producing.
No one knows what the story will be, but while promoting his new film Chappie, Blomkamp said that what he’s envisioning is something similar to the first two films in the franchise.
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens and then this film,” said Blomkamp.
He later clarified that this doesn’t mean he’s ignoring Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, but that his film would tonally match the beloved first two films. And really, he should ignore 3 and 4 like the rest of us have.
He and Sigourney Weaver, who has a part in Chappie, also spoke about giving the franchise a proper ending.
“I would love to take Ripley out of sort of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story. So when someone like Neill Blomkamp said, ‘Well, I’m interested in finishing the story,’ my little ears perked up… I think it’s a great series. It deserves a proper ending– I know the fans would love that.”
That being said, a studio’s least favorite word when it comes to franchises is “ending,” so hopefully this would at least be the end of Ripley’s story specifically. That or they would just bring her back again as a clone like they did in the fourth film.
I love that Blomkamp is making this especially for how quickly it seemed to come about and seeing Weaver play the most iconic female hero again would be tremendous.