When The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo came out in 2011, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. It had stellar reviews (86% on Rotten Tomatoes), had a respected director at the helm (David Fincher), the reigning James Bond (Daniel Craig) featured prominently in the ad campaign, and was based on a very popular book series. Yet with a budget of $90 million, the film only made $102 million domestically, and relied on foreign markets to bring its total to $232 million. At the time, there had been hope that the film would be the start of a trilogy of films based on the books. With the somewhat muted response that Dragon Tattoo garnered, though, that plan seemingly went out the window.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is a renewed interest from Sony to continue the series thanks to a new book. The report includes the interesting idea of turning the second and third books into one film, and using this new book to be the third and final act of the trilogy. Though, considering they paid mid-seven figures to Steve Zaillian to script a straight-up adaptation of the second book, that plan remains unclear. Also unclear- and unlikely- at this point is whether or not Fincher, Craig, or Rooney Mara would be involved. One of the conditions for proceeding with the sequels is that they have to vastly cheaper than the first one's $90 million price tag, and that likely means seeking out slightly less A-list talent.
The new book, by the way, is called The Girl In The Spider's Web and was written by David Lagercrantz- not the late author of the original trilogy, Stieg Larrson. The announcement of that new book, on March 31, led to a social media frenzy which showed the folks at Sony that there's still a strong appetite for the property.
More as it develops.