Saturday, March 24, 2012
David Fincher Will Not Return For Girl With Dragon Tattoo Sequel
It is understandable that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo did not get the commercial success that all its fans felt it deserved, what with its lengthy running time and hard R-rating, but MGM was originally hoping for much better than the loss they have ended up with (it should be worth noting that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took in $231 million worldwide, but the film still ended up below MGM's expectations, and have made the studio lose a certain amount of money).
The reduced budget will of course affect the sequels The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, but what's interesting is David Fincher's position within the context of the sequels. It has been postulated that simply hiring David Fincher has cost MGM $5 million, but Fincher can't be simply removed from the project as he holds an option for the first sequel (said to be Fincher's favorite story in the trilogy).
There's also the reports that the studio and Fincher weren't exactly seeing eye to eye throughout much of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's production, so there is extra motivation for the studio to get rid of Fincher outside of budget issues. Right now, MGM is most likely just waiting to see how well the film performs on DVD before making a decision regarding Fincher's part in the project.