The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo follow-ups in trouble?
MGM reports that it has made a modest loss on David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and seek better terms for potential sequels...
Despite taking in excess of $230 million at the global box office on a budget of around $90 million, David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo still appears to have performed, financially, below expectations, and at this point has made MGM a modest loss.
Of course it has yet to hit DVD and Blu-ray (as well as umpteen other ways it'll rake back cash), so it'll certainly end up in profit. But the financial reporting system means that, on paper at the moment, the film has red ink by its name.
And this might not bode well for the planned films of the next two books in the series, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.
MGM say that they still want to go ahead with the sequels “assuming we can achieve better economics”, and that sounds like a push towards the exit door for director David Fincher. He's reportedly down to receive a $5m fee for his services, and the studio and director apparently clashed frequently during the making of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
In an ideal world we’d like to see Fincher complete the trilogy, particularly given how he favours The Girl Who Played With Fire, but at this point it seems unlikely.
This is also the latest example of financial short term-ism, we'd argue. Were the English language film trilogy to be completed, they'd be the kind of films that'd perform as strong catalogue titles for many years to come, even if they didn't set the box office alight on their opening weekends...