Why Fincher Might Not Be Back For DRAGON TATTOO Sequels

Yesterday we talked about how Sony is looking to move forward on adapting the two literary sequels to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo despite their film version’s rather mediocre box office performance to date. But one of the unknowns in their plan was whether director David Fincher would be back to helm the second and third installments.

But Sony does want the director, they’re either going to have to make a convincing argument as to why he should take the job or else move their planned start date for the film of late 2012/early 2103 as The Playlist is reporting that Fincher is looking to make his next project his long in development adaption of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and is hoping to shoot in the last quarter of this year. And with yesterday‘s Directors Guild Award nomination, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is now situated as a frontrunner in the Oscars race. Sony will indeed wish to capitalize on thany awards season wins as quickly as possible.

Fincher has been developing this project for several years now. Right now there is a new draft of the screenplay being worked on by Andrew Kevin Walker and the Playlist’s unnamed source is stating that the director would like to be shooting before the year’s end. This, of course, would put it just around the same time that Sony wants to get cameras rolling on The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Would Fincher be willing to go straight from wrapping the shooting on Leagues to shooting Fire while trying to simultaneously oversee the post-production work on the former? It has been done before. Steven Spielberg has even done it twice – Once moving on from Jurassic Park to Schindler’s List and more recently with The Adventures Of Tintin and War Horse.  It should be noted that in both cases, Spielberg was coming off of a visual effects-laden film. Perhaps the presumably visual effects-heavy post-production work for Leagues will allow Fincher to be able to perform a similar maneuver.

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