Here’s a minor update to Sony’s continuing plans to adapt Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium Trilogy. US box office is low, if holding relatively steady, for David Fincher‘s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As the movie has opened outside the US, foreign returns have been low, too. Foreign box office has become the salvation of many a film in the last few years, but even with those numbers factored in, Dragon Tattoo has earned only $100m worldwide so far — not even close to breaking even once promo costs are taken into account.

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Over the last couple weeks, one studio announcement has been conspicuously absent.

With the launch of most major film franchises — that is, the opening of a film that is envisioned as a gateway to more of the same — it doesn’t take long at all for studios to greenlight the second entry. With films based on existing properties like comic books, that announcement can come before even the end of the first film’s opening weekend. Studio accounting, shady as it is, has been refined to a science, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday numbers are often all that it takes when the time comes to pull the trigger on a sequel, or to put the gun against the temple of the young franchise.

So where’s the press release announcing that David Fincher will direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire for Sony/Columbia? It hasn’t hit yet. But Sony says the film is still in development and that it will get made. We’ve known that Steven Zaillian is busy on the screenplay, and there has been vague talk of shooting the second and third films back to back. But will David Fincher direct? Read More »

Daniel Craig‘s Mikael Blomkvist may be the protagonist of David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but just as the title suggests, it’s Rooney Mara as mysterious, tough-as-nails Lisbeth Salander who’s the real draw of the story. A new extended TV spot for the thriller wisely puts the computer hacker front and center, establishing her fierce badassery before Craig’s character comes along to pull her into the actual plot. Watch the video after the jump.

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Is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this year’s Black Swan? Last year, the gorgeous ballet costumes of Darren Aronofsky’s launched a thousand glossy fashion spreads and dance-inspired outfits; this year, it’s David Fincher’s crime thriller that seems to inspiring trends. Star Rooney Mara recently appeared on the cover of Vogue in a (no doubt insanely expensive) Ralph Lauren dress with a dragon design embroidered on the back, and now retail chain H&M is getting in on the Lisbeth Salander action as well.

The Swedish clothing company has teamed with Dragon Tattoo costume designer Trish Summerville for an upcoming line of pieces inspired by the character, such as beat up jeans, leather jackets, and defiantly slouchy hoodies. (You’ll presumably have to get the tattoos, piercings, and unflattering haircuts elsewhere.) More details, including a photo and video of the collection, after the jump.

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We’ve already got a fairly good idea of what David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will look like, thanks to all those previously released photos, trailers, and whatnot, but since everything has looked pretty damn stunning so far, we’re more than happy to flip through a few more pictures. Empire Magazine has unveiled some gorgeous new promo pics of Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in character in their latest issue. See Blomkvist (Craig) keeping his cool while handcuffed to a chair, Lisbeth (Mara) hanging out with her space heater, and the two of them sharing a smoky moment after the jump.

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It’s the ‘late additions’ edition of casting bits today, as we’ve got news on three actors who are all either being revealed as part of three different films late in the game, or are actually coming on well after everyone else. After the break, we’ve got:

  • Olivia Munn joins Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike,
  • comedian DeRay Davis is in the G.I. Joe sequel,
  • and character actor Alan Dale takes a role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the very last minute.

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Stieg Larsson‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is of the great cultural success stories in recent years. No matter where you go – on a train, plane, or just sitting in the park – that bright green and yellow book cover seems to be everywhere. The original movies were a smash hit overseas and by now we all know that Golden Globe-winning director David Fincher is hard at work on the American remake. Rooney Mara stars the titular character, Lisbeth Salander, who teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to solve a long gestating disappearance.

As the first photos of Mara portraying the now iconic character were released, so too was some extremely controversial information about the film, mainly that Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian has crafted a new ending to the revered work. And though we ran that quote last week, fans of Larsson’s work have been very vocal with their disappointment so it’s time to defend Fincher and Zaillian. Read why we feel the original ending needs to be changed after the jump. Read More »

OK, this isn’t a press still from the film, but it’s pretty good, anyway. Rooney Mara is on the cover of W magazine, and she’s in character as Lisbeth Salander, the heroine in David Fincher‘s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Along with the image is a great profile on Mr. Fincher, which includes some new tidbits of info about the film. See a larger image, and read about the audition process — which contains spoilerish and graphic details — after the break. Read More »

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