Ever since David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was released on Christmas of 2011, fans of Steig Larsson’s book trilogy have been waiting for some news (any news!) on it’s sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Now we have some news (rumors?) and it’s quite shocking.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was considered to be only a moderate success for Sony and the studio hasn’t been pushing that hard for the sequel. Fincher is still set to direct, with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig back as Lisbeth and Blomkvist. The studio wants to cut costs and that may include cutting out their leading man.
Craig’s character, Mikael Blomkvist, could be written out of the story. Craig could be due a substantial pay raise in the wake of Skyfall’s worldwide record breaking box-office numbers. Craig’s camp says he wants to return and that salary talks haven’t even started yet. Another option could be replacing Craig with a less expensive actor.
This could be a matter of Craig getting frustrated over the delay. He nearly walked away from playing Bond back in 2010, when it appeared the 007 franchise was about to cancel the next film. Long story short, Craig hung in there and Skyfall grossed over $1 billion around the world. He’s about to start working on The Monuments Men with George Clooney and then his 4th James Bond movie right after. If Craig sticks around for The Girl Who Played With Fire, we might not see it until either 2015 or 2016.