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IN THE WORKS: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Sequel Does Not Have a Green Light UPDATED

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2012 at 11:28AM

UPDATE: Sony is going ahead with the second and third installments of the Millennium Triology, "The Girl who Played with Fire" and "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are on board but David Fincher won't necessarily return...
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From "Dragon Tattoo" title sequence
From "Dragon Tattoo" title sequence

Yes, Sony is developing the two sequels to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"--which held better after its weak opening, but will have to struggle to reach $100 million--with the intention of making them. WGA-nominated Steve Zaillian has admitted to getting started on the sequel "The Girl Who Played with Fire," my favorite of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.  (And he has no intention of enhancing Lisbeth Salander's breasts.) That's a sizable investment for Sony: Zaillian doesn't come cheap.

But David Fincher is not on board: no director is. Therefore, in Hollywood parlance, with no approved script and no director, you can suggest that "The Girl Who Played with Fire" is going forward, but by no means does it have a green light. Sony's Amy Pascal can always pull the plug if the movie doesn't get to $100 million domestic, or disappoints overseas. The studio doesn't yet know those numbers.

UPDATE: But with Fincher's surprise DGA nomination and signs of strength in the awards derby, a sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" looks more likely than ever. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are on board but Fincher may not return. ThePlaylist reports that it's doubtful: Fincher plans to shoot "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" by the end of 2012, and "Fire" is slated for Christmas 2013. And don't forget Fincher's "Cleopatra" with Angelina Jolie.  Here's more.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.