Sony’s struggle with the budget for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is well-documented, so it’s not a surprise that they are now taking extra care to ensure that the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, will stay within its proposed budget. One of the possible results for the strict budget is that the project may move forward without Daniel Craig.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is very specific about keeping the second film within the budget, despite the fact that the first one made a hefty $233m worldwide on its $90m budget.
The second story focuses more on Rooney Mara’s character, Lisbeth Salander, over Craig’s Blomkvist, but he’s still part of the story and it may prove difficult to cut the character entirely out of Steve Zaillian’s script without a major rewrite. Additionally, the next two stories will have Blomkvist and Salander’s separate plot threads converging, so it will be impossible to take Craig’s character out of the story without changing it drastically from the source material.
Via: The Hollywood Reporter