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Dragon Tattoo franchise may continue; fourth novel could conclude trilogy

04.08.2015

The likelihood of us getting a sequel to David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO had been reduced to almost non-existent but today a small glimmer of hope has emerged; it's not much, but I'll take it. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that thanks to the excitement surrounding the upcoming novel "The Girl in the Spider's Web", which is a continuation of the original Steig Larsson series, Sony has a renewed interest in proceeding with the sequels. However, there's a catch; if these sequels get made it is very likely they will do so without the involvement of David Fincher.

Additionally there's also talk of combining "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest" into one film with "The Girl in the Spider's Web" functioning as the conclusion to the trilogy.

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" has obviously not been written by Steig Larsson, who sadly passed away before his trilogy of Millennium novels had even been published, but by David Lagercrantz. Larsson had originally planed for a total of ten novels in the Millennium series and allegedly left behind portions of several of those novels. His partner Eva Gabrielsson is in possession of these manuscripts but as "The Girl in the Spider's Web" was written without her consent, it makes use of none of Larsson's unfinished work.

Former Sony head Amy Pascal, who would still remain a producer on any upcoming DRAGON TATOO films, is apparently not crazy about the idea of combining the two films as the studio had reportedly paid mid-seven figures for Steven Zaillian’s script for THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. Not an investment you'd like to see go to waste but perhaps it's better if something comes from it instead of having it sit on a very expensive shelf for years. Another stumbling block is the availability of the stars of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Both Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are very busy which would only add to the cost of the film; Craig in particular was said to have wanted a pay raise should he return.

This is all in the very early stages and it's entirely possible that things could once again fall apart, but it's nice for the DRAGON TATTOO fans amongst us to know that there's still hope. As much as I'd love to see this idea come to fruition, I'd have to wait to see who would steer the ship should Fincher not be involved before I get excited.

Who would you like to see direct these films if Fincher isn't involved?

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Extra Tidbit: "The Girl in the Spider's Web" will be released on September 1, 2015.
Source: THR

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12:00AM on 04/10/2015

As much as I want sequels, I want Fincher to direct them

I really want sequels to Dragon Tattoo with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig returning, but it would not be the same at all without David Fincher returning too. However, aside from the great acting, strong storyline, powerful characters, and heavy themes, David Fincher added so much of stylization to the first film that any sequel will clearly have this missing. From Fincher we got the great cinematography, an awesome opening sequence, Oscar winning editors, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score,
I really want sequels to Dragon Tattoo with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig returning, but it would not be the same at all without David Fincher returning too. However, aside from the great acting, strong storyline, powerful characters, and heavy themes, David Fincher added so much of stylization to the first film that any sequel will clearly have this missing. From Fincher we got the great cinematography, an awesome opening sequence, Oscar winning editors, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score, great casting, dark and distrubing scenes which were easy to watch, great add ins like Orinoco Flow played in the torture scene. Fincher's direction is always highly present in all of his films. A sequel without Fincher returning would be noticeable.
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5:52PM on 04/09/2015

As much as I want sequels, I want Fincher to direct them

I really want sequels to Dragon Tattoo with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig returning, but it would not be the same at all without David Fincher returning too. However, aside from the great acting, strong storyline, powerful characters, and heavy themes, David Fincher added so much of stylization to the first film that any sequel will clearly have this missing. From Fincher we got the great cinematography, an awesome opening sequence, Oscar winning editors, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score,
I really want sequels to Dragon Tattoo with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig returning, but it would not be the same at all without David Fincher returning too. However, aside from the great acting, strong storyline, powerful characters, and heavy themes, David Fincher added so much of stylization to the first film that any sequel will clearly have this missing. From Fincher we got the great cinematography, an awesome opening sequence, Oscar winning editors, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score, great casting, dark and distrubing scenes which were easy to watch, great add ins like Orinoco Flow played in the torture scene. Fincher's direction is always highly present in all of his films. A sequel without Fincher returning would be noticeable.
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5:49PM on 04/09/2015
sorry damn tripe post
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5:48PM on 04/09/2015
sorry tripe post
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3:24PM on 04/09/2015

I might be able to take losing Fincher.

But if they put Played With Fire and Hornet's Nest together I'm out.
But if they put Played With Fire and Hornet's Nest together I'm out.
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1:56AM on 04/09/2015
"How dare you suggest we merge two books into one movie. We don't combine films, we SPLIT them!" --Hollywood
"How dare you suggest we merge two books into one movie. We don't combine films, we SPLIT them!" --Hollywood
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11:47PM on 04/08/2015
Yes, I would see it as long as the original cast was involved. I am just eager to see them follow through.
Yes, I would see it as long as the original cast was involved. I am just eager to see them follow through.
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9:41PM on 04/08/2015

Michael Bay!!!

If Fincher isn't coming back, you need someone who knows story. I think Bay has proven himself time and again with his Transformers series that story always comes first. If no Fincher, then Bay gets my vote!
If Fincher isn't coming back, you need someone who knows story. I think Bay has proven himself time and again with his Transformers series that story always comes first. If no Fincher, then Bay gets my vote!
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9:51PM on 04/08/2015
Lmao.... Good one. Funniest comment I've read all day.
Lmao.... Good one. Funniest comment I've read all day.
8:55PM on 04/08/2015
I've read all the books, seen all the movies, and here's my humble opinion. David Fincher's film is the best version of the story. Its sad that Larsson died not only because he had other books to publish, but because i don't feel like the books that were released were done. A lot of the books were long and meandering, especially books 2 and 3. It really could have used an editor willing to cut and condense a lot of the book. But since he died, i feel like the editors tried to keep as much in
I've read all the books, seen all the movies, and here's my humble opinion. David Fincher's film is the best version of the story. Its sad that Larsson died not only because he had other books to publish, but because i don't feel like the books that were released were done. A lot of the books were long and meandering, especially books 2 and 3. It really could have used an editor willing to cut and condense a lot of the book. But since he died, i feel like the editors tried to keep as much in the book as possible, in memory of Larsson.

The final chapter of the third book, tying up the one loose end, seemed to be much more abrupt than the rest of the book. It's clear the loose end would've lead into another book but that never happened, thus we get this final chapter.

I saw Fincher's is the best because he cuts a lot of the book. Its inevitable when doing a film adaptation, but with Fincher's direction, they cut and condensed the right elements leaving the story more fluid and suspenseful. The Swedish versions of the film suffered from budget problems. They weren't bad just the production value was noticeably lacking for my taste.

As for a new book. Its like James Bond books after Fleming. If the estate is ok with it then by all means try. To fans of Larsson it will never be one of his books, but that doesn't mean that it can't still be good. Larsson's characters are vibrant and stand for something, so long as the new writers honor that then the series can continue to flourish where Larsson left off.

My speculation on how the books were published are just my speculation. If anyone wants to enlighten me on what really did happened then please do. Im not gonna defend myself by saying it's fact, just my opinion based on reading the books. They are good books, really, but there are parts i feel could have been omitted for the better.
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8:57PM on 04/08/2015
I also wanna point out that combining the the 2 books into one movie sounds a little iffy to me. I know I went on about how the books were too long, but there is still enough there to fill out 2 entire movies. Making it one movie might take out too much. I'd support it more if Fincher was involved with the rest of his team from the first movie.
I also wanna point out that combining the the 2 books into one movie sounds a little iffy to me. I know I went on about how the books were too long, but there is still enough there to fill out 2 entire movies. Making it one movie might take out too much. I'd support it more if Fincher was involved with the rest of his team from the first movie.
12:16AM on 04/09/2015
It's been a while since I've read two and three, but I bet they can cut out entire storylines like Erika's stalker. Also, from the bits and pieces here and there the past couple of years it sounds like both Zaillian and Andrew Kevin Walker were straying from the books in order to focus more on Lisbeth and Mikail - actually giving them screen time together and building on their relationship.
It's been a while since I've read two and three, but I bet they can cut out entire storylines like Erika's stalker. Also, from the bits and pieces here and there the past couple of years it sounds like both Zaillian and Andrew Kevin Walker were straying from the books in order to focus more on Lisbeth and Mikail - actually giving them screen time together and building on their relationship.
5:35AM on 04/09/2015
Swedish law is such that when Larsson died all his money he made from the books etc wen`t too his dad.A man he hated and hadn`t spoken to for decades.Larsson at his time of death hadn`t done a will.So you bet his partner of many years is going too wan`t a good deal on the 4th novel but sounds like she got screwed again with this 'Spider Web,' novel.
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Swedish law is such that when Larsson died all his money he made from the books etc wen`t too his dad.A man he hated and hadn`t spoken to for decades.Larsson at his time of death hadn`t done a will.So you bet his partner of many years is going too wan`t a good deal on the 4th novel but sounds like she got screwed again with this 'Spider Web,' novel.
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