It’s easy to say that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has underperformed. Since it’s release two weeks ago, the film has grossed $60 million, despite a good amount of positive reviews from critics. Despite this shallow showing at the theaters, Sony has now said that their plans to turn the trilogy of books into a trilogy of films has not yet been abandonded, and they still remain very devoted to devloping The Girl Who Played With Fire.
EW has spoken with a Sony representative who told the magazine, “[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book.” We reported before the film’s release that David Fincher was interesting in shooting the two sequels to Tattoo back-to-back with a late-2013 release aimed for Fire.
Sony also says that Steven Zaillian is still working on the script currently for the sequel, but it should be noted that while the term “development” has been tossed around by Sony consistently in the article, the term “greenlit” has not yet been used, and most likely the sequel won’t become official until the sequel’s script is finally turned in.
As for whether or not Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig will return, Mara told EW that she’d love to play her role of Lisbeth once more. ”I don’t feel finished with the character,” she said. “I’m not ready to go back there yet, but I think by the time we start, I will be.” Exactly when that start time will be has yet to be determined, but that could easily be by the end of 2012.