Saturday, 25 April 2015

Sony Pictures may combine the final two parts of the Millennium Trilogy into one film

It has been four years since David Fincher delivered what was supposed to be the first of at least three films based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy of books, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). But though there has been talk of developing a sequel, nothing has reached screens. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures are looking into ways to get back on track, including combining the other two books of Larsson's initial run – The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest – into one movie.

Part of the reason for the new impetus – and right now, it's clearly still at discussion and theory stage – is the publication of a fourth book featuring hacker Lisbeth Salander, The Girl In The Spider's Web, which was written David Lagercrantz following Larsson's death in 2004 and looks set to kick Salander back into more public awareness.

But given the struggle to make the first film (there was much wrangling between Fincher and the studio), the thinking now seems to be a combo film of the other two books and then possibly an adaptation of Spider's Web after that. Nothing has been said about who might tackle the idea if it even goes ahead, so we shouldn't assume Fincher and cast members such as Rooney Mara (Salander) and Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist) will return.

Worldwide, the first film took in $232 million on a reported $90 million budget, so there might not be the biggest rush here. But Sony could use all the recognisable properties it can round up, which means we shouldn't count Lisbeth out just yet.

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