On its generous budget of $100 million (the equally great Swedish version cost $13 million and brought in over $100 million), GWTDT suffered a modest loss, according to MGM.
Fincher’s comments in December of 2011 where he pretty much shot down the idea of contributing to what would be a second installment, The Girl Who Played With Fire, felt like an added setback.
“Do I want to see a sequel for this? I would be happy for everyone involved as that would mean a lot of people went to see it and enjoyed it. Do I need to see a sequel? No, there’s a little bit of an emotional cliffhanger at the end, but the story is complete.”
Sony reps said in January that it would definitely be made. A reporter for E! asked again more recently and was told that it was “still in development.”
Unlike the first book, in The Girl Who Played With Fire, Salander and Mikael Blomkvist spend almost 100% of the book separated, another nightmare stepping stone for a profitable blockbuster.