If a movie makes enough money these days, it’s pretty much guaranteed there will be a sequel. And if that movie was based on the first in series of books, yes, of course there will be a sequel. With a series as popular as Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, sequels are money in the bank. Which is why the newest news of the series makes very little sense.
Before Fincher’s movie, the entire series was adapted into films in Sweden, and it looked like Sony was looking to do the same. The studio paid a crap ton of money for the rights to the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, but wanted to make the sequel on a significantly smaller budget. (Dragon Tattoo made more the $280 million at the box office, but cost $90 to make.) Daniel Craig said he wouldn’t return to the series without a pay increase, so now, as a work around, Sony is skipping the next two books and going straight for the fourth, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. If that title isn’t ringing any bells, it’s because it wasn’t written by Larsson, but by David Lagercrantz, who was hired after Larsson’s death in 2004, and only came out a few months ago.
So they’re looking to do a sequel, but want to do it without any of the things that drew audiences to the first movie. They’re going to do without the original director or cast (Rooney Mara reportedly won’t be back either), presumably without Trent Reznor’s fantastic, chilling score— and they want to skip two full installments of this story to do it with the only book in the series not written, even in part, by Stieg Larsson. Am I alone in thinking that this sounds like a straight to VOD, Grease 2 sort of move?
Don’t tell us you’re finally getting around to making another installment in a series we love and then bait-and-switching us with this crap. This is like opening up a fun sized Starburst packet and finding two orange ones. That’s not just disappointing, Sony. It’s mean.