The Girl Who Played With Fire could continue without Daniel Craig

Reports suggest Mikael Blomkvist may be written out

Having grappled long and hard over budget on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it's understood that Sony are tightening the pursestrings over David Fincher's proposed sequel, which may move forward without Daniel Craig, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

The first film cost a hefty $90m to make, and despite taking $233m worldwide, Sony are keen to restrict the budget second time out.

Blomkvist plays a pared-back role in the second story, which focuses largely on Rooney Mara's character, Lisbeth Salander. But it's hard to imagine Blomkvist being cut from Steve Zaillian's script without the need for major rewrites.

Blomkvist and Salander's separate plot threads converge over the course of the next two stories (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest), and much of the dramatic meat comes from the odd-couple pairing.

However, whether Fincher would want to remain on the project would be up for debate. Craig was his choice first time out, and with Sony looking to cut costs at every turn, it may represent a proposition that's more trouble than it's worth...

Should the film cut Craig's character in order to move forward? Tell us, below!


    • MikeyRix

      Feb 1st 2013, 12:53

      No, the film should not cut Craig's character. As much as I didn't really feel Craig as Blomkvist in the first place, to cut a key character out in a book adaptation is a cardinal sin, in my opinion. Additionally, $90m is about right for a film like "TGWTDT" - $150m, on the other hand, WOULD be hefty. I really hope they don't write him out. I probably won't see the film if they do.

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    • thegreatiaino

      Feb 1st 2013, 13:26

      Writing him out would be ridiculous. I would have no problem with him being recast though. Maybe a new actor could actually attempt a Swedish accent.

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    • Andy85

      Feb 1st 2013, 20:43

      What a big bag of balls. You can't cut out one of the man protaganists that makes no sense, this is going to p**s off a lot of people especially as Mikael Blomkvist is clearly Stieg Larsson personified in the novel??

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    • annarichards

      Feb 1st 2013, 21:02

      That is ridiculous ! Ok I haven't watched the English re-make of the Dragon Tattoo but I am huge fan of the books. Despite the fact that Blomkvist not being in the story much, you still need him. The entire thing is about his relationship with Lisbeth and their odd-pairing and how he tries to solve the murder of Dag, Bjurman and Mia's murder. Little characters such as Mimi in the first book-- play huge parts in the second stories and shape the entire saga. If they do this- I ain't paying money to see it, its a film suicide. They can recast but it's not the same

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    • itzelalvarado

      Feb 2nd 2013, 1:01

      Noooooo. The chemistry between Craig and Rooney Mara is what make me like the American version above the Swedish version. Well the superior editing and the terrific script were another factor to make me prefer the American Version better and withouth Craig in the movie the box office might be compromised. Sony made a huge mistake for opening on Christmas season and now they want to cut the budget?

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    • jonbly

      Feb 2nd 2013, 10:24

      Just cut out the re-makes entirely. Unnecessary.

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    • loveroflostgirl

      Feb 2nd 2013, 10:39

      You can't make the film in any sensible way without Blomkvist so either keep the character or scrap the whole thing!

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    • jedithegeek

      Feb 3rd 2013, 12:10

      Sony own Daniel Craig with Bond at the moment, so surely someone could strike up a deal to keep him in it at a relatively low wage considering the lack of screen time in GWPWF. If he likes the character and has faith in Fincher and the movie, then it shouldn't be a problem

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    • henryjr

      Feb 3rd 2013, 12:38

      I really liked Fincher's film, and i kind of want more from these great characters, but i think it may not need a sequel. It's nearly perfect on it's own, and if the other two turned out the way most sequels do, it would be a real shame, and anyway, continuing w/out Craig or Fincher seems a little off. If they are to make the second, they should wait until all the right players are available, but not wait so long that Mara end up feeling too old to play the character

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    • illkillyoulast

      Feb 5th 2013, 23:58

      that's like making a batman film where batman is only in the film for 10 mins, oh wait, that's the dark knight rises.

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