Despite Stieg Larsson'sMillennium trilogy really revolving around the author-surrogate character ofMikael Blomkvist, rumours are afoot that Sony could have the character written out of the sequels. They want to produce these things to a particular budget and Daniel Craig's request for a raise is making that hard.
On the other hand,The Hollywood Reporter note that Steven Zaillian's script, with Blomqvist included, is considered ready to roll and Sony would be keen not to commission a rewrite. Zaillian's not cheap either, so there are money problems abutting the project on that side too. What's more, Zaillian is also now busy elsewhere, bringing Criminal Justice and James Gandolfini to HBO.
Yes, there's a lot more about Lisbeth in the second book - and presumably would be in any version of the second film - but the shape of the entire trilogy would change profoundly if Blomqvist were to be removed entirely.
Also, it might be a bit harder to get certain audiences in. I'm looking at you, Doris Barnes, 43 of Canterbury, Kent, who doesn't "normally like this sort of thing."
I'd have thought that Craig was one of the most exploitable elements Sony have here. Surely there's something else that could be cut? Maybe relocate all of that Grenada stuff to Cleveland.
Rooney Mara is presumably locked into a pretty cheap deal that she doesn't have the power to protest. Tsk. Has the patriarchy learned nothing from The Millennium Trilogy?
Still, Craig's pay packet aside,The Girl Who Played With Fire could well be David Fincher's next film if the budget can be brought down enough.
Or it could be 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea... if the budget can be brought down enough.
It sounds like the adaptation of best-selling thrillerGone Girl isn't being bugged by these kind of budget fears, but does still need another draft or two. Mind you, this is Hollywood. It has to be easier to get a studio to sign off on a screenplay than it is the cheque that follows.