Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony Pictures have given the go-ahead to two sequels to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, despite the film’s rather slow box office performance so far. The second and third parts of author Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy – The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – are now set to receive their own American adaptations. Although David Fincher is not yet locked in to return as director, a script by screenwriter Steve Zaillian had been finalized since before the release of Dragon Tattoo. Fincher has previously commented on the quality of the script and has suggested that he would like to film both sequels back-to-back. Rooney Mara’s character of Lisbeth has also been given a more prominent role in the new script because she doesn’t feature as strongly in the second book.
Filming on the first sequel is scheduled to begin in late 2012 or early 2013. Dragon Tattoo has currently grossed $76.8 million in the US and is estimated to make approximately a total of $200 million, including its international release. Some factors that count for the film’s underperformance include its Holiday release schedule, its dark subject matter, and the fact that the original Swedish film is relatively fresh in the minds of audiences.