Sequel! Sequel!

Given that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t exactly have the box office mojo the studio had expected, we fans feared that the answer to the “will-they-or-won’t-they-do-a-sequel” question would be a firm “no.” (See stats, below.)

But good news: Lisbeth Salander and Michael Bloomkvist will soon be returning to the streets of Sodermalm. Here is how “First Showing” reported the story: 

Finally, fans of Stieg Larsson’s novels that started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and hit the big screen courtesy of The Social Network director David Fincher, might be pleased to hear that Columbia has decided to move forward with the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Belgrad apparently said they’re “pushing ahead” with the sequel, but it’s not clear if Fincher is returning to direct. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are already slated to return, and a script from Steve Zailian is already complete (along with a screenplay for the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest). The film wasn’t a runaway hit at the box office, but apparently it found a big enough audience to warrant the sequel. Stay tuned for more on these sequels and other projects as updates become available.

If Fincher does reprise his role as director one can certainly imagine what he’d do with the scene that opens “Fire”: She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. The harness was tight across her rib cage. Her hands were manacled to the sides of the bed….  And there is much more in this vein — “Fire” is probably the darkest of the trilogy.

While we will in the meantime be revisiting the subtitled Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden, the gripping Swedish film version of the book done in 2009.

Note: The box office for “Tattoo” as compiled by Box Office Mojo:

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic:  $102,515,793    44.1%
Foreign:  $130,101,637    55.9%

Worldwide:  $232,617,430
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