Daniel Craig holding up Dragon Tattoo follow-up?

News Simon Brew 1 Feb 2013 - 07:12

Is the price of Daniel Craig holding up The Girl Who Played WIth Fire?

Seemingly stuck in limbo since David Fincher's movie of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was released at Christmas 2011, the Hollywood takes on the rest of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy appear some way from getting made.

So what's been the hold up? Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the growing star power of Daniel Craig may be one of the problems. A screenplay for The Girl Who Played With Fire is reportedly ready to go, having been penned by Steven Zaillian (who wrote the adaptation for the first film). But Sony is keen to bring the costs down on the second movie, and that may involve dropping Daniel Craig from the saga.

The studio has an option in place for Craig to appear in the next two films as Mikael Blomqvist, but the actor's price is apparently on the up following the global success of the latest James Bond adventure, Skyfall.

The ideal situation for Sony is to lock an affordable deal with Craig, it seems, and then press ahead. David Fincher may yet be lured back to return. If a deal with Craig can't be reached, then the character of Blomqvist is likely to be written out of the second movie, although that's likely to take time, and it's unclear whether Steven Zaillian would have time in his busy schedule to do so.

Basically, there's some working out to do before The Girl Who Played With Fire presses ahead, although Sony seems keen to make the movie. We'll keep you posted...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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