Back in 2005, the book Men Who Hate Women was published in Sweden by publisher Norstedts Förlag. The novel was a posthumous publication from author and journalist Stieg Larsson, and in 2008, it was published in English under the name The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. From there, the novel went on to be an international sensation, and was adapted into a trilogy of films in Sweden. In true Hollywood style, it was acquired for an American adaptation, and was eventually released in 2011.
Directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, the film proved to be a faithful and compelling take on the original source material (many even felt it was superior to the original Swedish movie). While the film had stellar reviews and great word of mouth, it wasn't exactly the feel-good film of the holiday season, and only went on to make around $230 million at the box office off its $90 million budget. This was by no means a failure. The movie itself made money, but it wasn't the runaway hit that the studio wanted. As a result, a sequel for the film was never really made a priority.
Five years have passed since the release, and from the looks of it, we're no closer to getting that film trilogy completed. Despite this fact, many fans have held onto the hope that David Fincher would return to the project soon enough, and actress Rooney Mara had even expressed her willingness to return. In an interview with Screen Daily, however, Mara seemed to be resigned to the idea that we may not get a sequel, and stated:
"Yes, I"m still open to it but I'm not holding out hope anymore."
This will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to both Fincher fans and Millennium fans, as the second two books were novels that featured a compelling narrative worthy of an adaptation -- a narrative that the original Swedish films couldn't even capture. With all this in mind, there's a good chance that this complete trilogy will never be fully realized. Granted, Mara is by no means an authority on the idea, if a film was going to come out, it would've likely been greenlit around the time of the release of The Girl in the Spider's Web, the third sequel in the series (written by journalist David Lagercrantz, continuing with Stieg Larsson's legacy), which was released to generally favorable reviews last year. If they couldn't greenlight a film off that momentum, it seems like a tall order to do it any other time in the near future.
What do you think? Are you as bummed as me that we'll never get to see Craig and Mara return to the roles for which they were so well cast? Let us know in the comments down below!