20 items from 2013
While David Fincher's Netflix series, "House of Cards," proved to be a big winner today with nine Emmy nominations, including a historic one for Outstanding Drama Series, it's been far too long since we've had an actual movie from the "Social Network" and "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" director. Thankfully, we'll get one soon enough in the form of his adaptation of literary sensation "Gone Girl," but he's had the plug pulled on one of his other projects -- and he may not get the opportunity to helm the sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
According to Indiewire's The Playlist, Fincher's long-planned 3D remake of Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," from a script by "Contagion" screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, is sleeping with the fishes -- despite an April report that the Australian government was luring the production down under with enticing tax incentives.
The project has »
- Drew Taylor
No, I will not be apologizing for that title. David Fincher is having a pretty newsworthy week thanks to the recent confirmation that his follow-up to 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will be another literary thriller adaptation. He’s heading into pre-production on Gone Girl based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller with star Ben Affleck and an as-yet unnamed female lead, but while that’s exciting news it leaves a couple questions hanging limply in the air. Will we still see the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire hit screens in the near future? And for the love of god can we finally sink the idea of Fincher wasting his time on a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake once and for all? Happily, the answer to both questions appears to be yes. Per The Playlist, Sony is still moving forward with The Girl Who Played With Fire and has even hired Seven »
- Rob Hunter
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I'm disappointed to report that David Fincher's long-awaited big screen adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is dead. According to The Playlist, Fincher gave up on the production a couple of months ago. I guess this should have been apparent when we heard that the director was moving forward with his adaptation of the thriller Gone Girl.
Apparently when Brad Pitt passed on the project, Disney and Fincher couldn't agree on who should star in the film. Some of the other actors considered included Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Channing Tatum, and Chris Hemsworth, but none of them worked.
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, and I'm sad that it's not going to happen. I'm sure Disney will eventually get around to making it, but it's not going to be directed by Fincher, so my excitement for the project is back to zero.
- Joey Paur
As the prospects of Hollywood completing the Millennium trilogy seemed to be receding, news comes that part two, The Girl Who Played With Fire, has a screenwriter and seems to be a viable concern over at Sony. The studio has hired Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to pen another draft of a script originally written by Steve Zaillian and will be looking to reunite Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the near future.The question, as The Playlist points out, is exactly when and with what director pulling the shots? David Fincher is now tied up with Gone Girl - recent scuttlebutt has Ben Affleck signing up for that one - while Craig has another Bond outing looming on his schedule. Next year seems the likeliest option to shot before Bond 24 kicks off and Craig is busy saving the world from a different kind of evil. It transpires that »
We haven’t heard much from Sony’s prospective sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for a while, but there has been some movement with the appointment of a brand new screenwriter. David Fincher’s Se7en collaborator Andrew Kevin Walker has apparently joined The Girl Who Played With Fire to rewrite the script, originally drafted by Steve Zaillian. Whether that means that Fincher himself will return to direct the sequel remains to be seen, but it does seem like an indicator that the director is still involved in the project in some...
- George Wales
2011′s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a very enjoyable adaptation of an absolutely thrilling novel. Rooney Mara was excellent as Lisbeth Salander, Daniel Craig played a near perfect Mikael Blomkvist, and David Fincher’s direction led to an all-around awesome movie. Or at least that’s the way many fans saw it.
Sony on the other hand, was not so excited about the first film. While it did bring in over $200 million, that wasn’t enough to turn a profit, especially with a production budget of $90 million. Before The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it would’ve seemed like a no-brainer that the sequel would happen. After all, the book trilogy is wildly successful and loved by its fans. But now, Sony has been extremely hesitant to press on with a full trilogy.
Then there came the word that Daniel Craig wanted more money. That makes sense considering »
- Alexander Lowe
While we wait for David Fincher to figure out just what his next directing effort will be, and even if he'll take on the increasingly unlikely-seeming The Girl Who Played With Fire, we've got a brief, gorgeous collaboration between him and his Dragon Tattoo muse Rooney Mara to feast our eyes on. Yes, it's a minute-long Calvin Klein ad, filled with all the vague imagery and glossy black and white cinematography you're familiar with from perfume ads (there's kind of a White Diamonds vibe to this, right?). But it's also got some stunning digital photography, and what feels like a Fincher-eye view of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo PR process. It's a lot more fascinating than most ads that will come across your TV screens. Those blunt black bangs Mara sports on the final shots of the ad are familiar from her Dragon Tattoo red carpet appearances and even »
This one is pretty simple. Daniel Craig allegedly (Hollywood Reporter) wants a raise for his appearance in Sony’s planned The Girl Who Played With Fire. Sony is refusing and may even be trying to wrangle a pay cut. Sony is allegedly digging its heels out of the desire to cut costs, as the first film grossed $232 million worldwide yet still barely broken even due to its frankly absurd $90 million budget. Had the film cost a more reasonable $60-$70 million, it would have been quite profitable for Sony. But it didn’t so it wasn’t. If we must see the two other chapters in the original series, then they damn-well shouldn’t cost nearly $100 million apiece. You could argue that Rooney Mara is an essential component of any sequel and should be hired even at a token higher cost this time around. But everyone else involved is expendable. Daniel Craig, »
- email@example.com (Scott Mendelson)
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that it was Daniel Craig's salary demands that have held up production on a sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Since the first film didn't fare as well as hoped, corners would have to be cut for the characters of Steig Larsson's popular novels to appear on screen again stateside.
"I've been talking a lot with ['Dragon Tattoo' director David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don't know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility," Mara said. "He wouldn't be written out."
With the creators of "Dragon Tattoo" remaining cagey on what might happen with "The Girl Who Played With Fire," we'll have to wait and see what becomes of Craig and the series. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
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- Maggie Pehanick
Adapting a beloved novel for the big screen is always a tricky task. Back in 2011, though, David Fincher and the folks at Fox managed to do a more than credible job with the international bestseller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Sure, some people were miffed that they tweaked the ending, but for the most part, it was fairly respectful of the source material.
Well, get a load of this: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox is considering writing Daniel Craig out of the sequel, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," entirely despite the fact that he plays one of the main characters in the franchise.
So much for being faithful to the book!
And just why would Fox be considering such a drastic move? Well, money, of course. Duh. You didn't think it was for creative reasons or because they wanted to make a better film, did you?
- Scott Harris
There are a lot of great things about David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Among them is the twisted chemistry between its leads. Plus, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist make quite the kickass team. There’s no denying that Rooney Mara is the obvious star of the film, but it’s really hard to imagine her without Daniel Craig, wouldn’t you say?
Development on the Dragon Tattoo sequel has plateaued. Many of us have put the blame on Fincher, who is tied up in other projects – House of Cards, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and now Gone Girl – but THR is reporting that it’s Craig who’s holding up the project. Apparently, he wants a pay raise after the huge success of Skyfall.
Real negotiations on The Girl Who Played With Fire have yet to start, but if Craig and Sony can’t come to an agreement, »
- Laura Frances
The Girl Who Played With Fire hasn’t exactly been a fast-tracked project over at Sony. Since the 2011 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, things have been slow on the sequel front. Screenwriter Steve Zaillian has a ready-to-go script, but Sony hasn’t been keen on sinking another $90m into the project. That was the cost of the first movie, and while it did make over $230m worldwide, it wasn’t the major hit everyone was hoping for. Now Sony has another reason – or possibly an excuse – to stall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Craig ‘s asking price for the sequel is too high for their taste. They didn’t specify how much Craig wants, but coming off the billion dollar success of Skyfall, it’s logical to guess he wants a good chunk of change. Billion dollar box office aside, why would Sony give in? Craig isn’t exactly a box office star »
- Jack Giroux
David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a very good film, a faithful adaption of the beloved book, but not the runaway success Sony were expecting, earning $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. To me that's impressive, but then I'm not a Hollywood executive. Progress has been very slow on the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, but there is a script ready to go for whenever the movie gets the green light, even if Fincher doesn't return. It's just, according to The Hollywood Reporter, while Sony want to move forward with it, they also want to cut some corners and proceed with a lower budget. Their first cost saving measure? Cutting out Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist. While Blomkvist is one of the lead characters of the entire trilogy of books these films are based on, he is not a major part of The Girl Who Played With Fire, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Hollywood: Where "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" can make $232 million worldwide, receive five Academy Awards nominations and have a ready-made sequel (Steig Larsson's follow-up book, "The Girl Who Played With Fire"), but not have an automatic sequel.
According to THR, plans for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" sequel are still in place, even though director David Fincher is circling an adaptation of "Gone Girl" and star Daniel Craig may have priced himself out of appearing.
That bit of news is most shocking: Craig, who starred as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in "Dragon Tattoo," wants a raise for the sequel after his box-office performance as James Bond in "Skyfall." Per THR, Sony isn't willing to give him a big bump. (Sony also released "Skyfall.") Should negotiations go south, the idea is that Blomkvist could be written out of the sequel, leaving Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander to star.
Despite some »
- Christopher Rosen
Tatiana Siegel at The Hollywood Reporter has word on what the hold up to the sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo may be and it appears it's the potential Daniel Craig paycheck. Following the $1+ billion success of Skyfall, Craig's asking price has gone up (because he's why everyone went to see that movie) and as a result, instead of paying the actor, there are rumors his Mikael Blomkvist character may be written out of the sequel. Blomkvist is not central to The Girl Who Played with Fire, but, in my eyes, a definite necessity. Then again, perhaps they'll pull a Bourne on us, and simply use the novels as a framework for the narrative and adjust as necessary. It worked out well for the Bourne trilogy so why not give it a shot? After all, as long as Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) is there and we »
- Brad Brevet
In 2011, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo came out to moderate critical praise and went on to gross over $100 million domestically and over $230 million worldwide. Sony, however, was hoping for a huge blockbuster smash. As a result, the studio is looking to cut costs before starting production on the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire. And right now the cost is named Daniel Craig. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after the massive success of Skyfall, Craig is looking for more money, while the studio is considering writing his character completely out of the movie. The second book focuses much more on Lisbeth Salander (played by Rooney Mara in the movies), so it's definitely possible to work around Craig's Mikael Blomkvist. After Craig, Sony plans to negotiate a pay cut for the dragon tattoo. »
- Jesse David Fox
Columbia Pictures still seems hopeful with their plan to continue the 'Millennium Trilogy' trilogy's second installment The Girl Who Played With Fire will happen but now news has come out it may lose one of its stars. Directed by David Fincher off a screenplay by Steven Zaillian, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was considered mildly successful, taking in a little over $230 million worldwide and garnering several Academy Award nominations. A follow up was originally scheduled to be released in December 2013 but the studio halted production early on. Zaillian has already turned in the script for the sequel but it's still without a director since Fincher didn't sign on for more than the first film. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says the studio insists they plan to move ahead with the film, »
- Pietro Filipponi
After his most recent box office success with the 2011 hit The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher is rumoured to direct the big screen adaptation of another popular book — Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.
Flynn’s novel — which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than two million copies thus far — is a thriller revolving around a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary.
After Fox outbid Universal last summer for the film rights to Gone Girl, the studio appears to have finally settled on Fincher as the man in charge. Little else is known about the production, including casting decisions and an expected start date.
- Laura Grande
1.) Even though The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out just a little over a year ago, it seems like we've been waiting forever for confirmation on David Fincher's next film. Well, that project may have arrived as Fincher is in talks to direct Fox's adaptation of "amazon asin="030758836X" text="Gone Girl"", the Gillian Flynn novel that has sold 2 million copies to date. The dark, mysterious story tells of a woman who goes missing on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary. So yeah, it sounds like a Fincher movie already. Fincher is also still attached to direct Disney's long-gestating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake, so it's anyone's guess which film he makes first. Fincher has recently been looking for other projects in the case 20,000 Leagues falls through or suffers further delays from the studio's end, and it seems Gone Girl is the first to gain serious attention. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
20 items from 2013
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