David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation wasn’t exactly a blockbuster this past holiday season. Yes, it did make around $231 million dollars worldwide on an estimated production budget of $90 million, but most of that was overseas. I still blame the Christmas opening, but others blame the general tricky nature of the film. It’s an R-rated 2 and a half hour crime/mystery with some truly dark material.
Talk of the sequels has been bouncing around since the first film came out and the conscious seems to be very clear; they want the sequels to be cheaper. Bad Ass Digest sheds some light on what co-financer MGM wants. Here’s a brief quote from CEO Gary Barber on negotiations with Sony for making more films:
“assuming we can achieve better economics.”
Yeah I know, I didn’t really put that quote in good context, but he’s essentially saying he’d like to make more money on the sequels, which would mean they’d need to be made cheaper than Fincher’s first film. Now who knows what that exactly means at this stage in the game? Will they simply cut back on talent or location shooting or perhaps hire a cheaper director?
This all works perfectly for Fincher, who has been kind of hesitant to continue the series. I liked his version of the story, but I still prefer the originals. That being said, I think the things I did like about his film were trademark Fincher tones and filmmaking. I’m not sure I’d be all that interested in a sequel without him behind the lens.
Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig will be returning regardless as they’re contracted for all three (I believe).
Did you like Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo? Do you think the sequels could benefit from a smaller, tighter, budget?