Rooney Mara Says 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel is Dead
If you're one of those fans who has been waiting patiently for a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you might want to sit down for this news. E! News recently caught up with the film's star Rooney Mara at an Oxfam benefit in New York and asked whether or not we would see The Girl Who Played with Fire make it to the big screen. Sadly, Mara's response was not promising in the least as she said, "“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m sad never to do it again, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards." The first film came out in 2011, and hope has lingered that we might see the sequel, but it really seems dead.
However, Mara speculates that just because she won't star in a sequel as Lisbeth Salander doesn't mean they won't do something with the property, or at least the script which has already been written. The actress says, "I think because [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have [has] a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book.” If the story is so different from the book, it probably wouldn't be hard to just turn the film into a standalone thriller without the Lisbeth Salander character Mara brought to life.
The script certainly wasn't cheap since top writers Steve Zaillian and Andrew Kevin Walker both worked on the sequel. At the time, Sony Pictures hoped that David Fincher's adaptation would successfully launch a new, mature crime thriller franchise. And while the film certainly didn't bomb, it just didn't do as well as the studio expected at the box office. This franchise casualty can likely be attributed to the departure of Amy Pascal, former co-chair of Sony Pictures who was a big champion for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. It's a little disappointing, but maybe we'll see this script get in front of cameras at some point. Or maybe we'll just see Lisbeth Salander get her own TV series or something. Bummed?