One of the best movies of 2011 was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It had a lot of expectations to live up to, as the novel on which it was based was both popular and had previously been adapted in author Stieg Larsson's home country of Sweden. However, a powerful script that excised just enough needless plot, a talented cast led by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara and a masterful directing job by David Fincher made the picture an ethereal and dark thriller for the ages.
So why hasn't a sequel already been announced?
According to IndieWire, Craig is absolutely on board for another installment. However, David Fincher has been reticent to commit to the remainder of the franchise. When 007 himself is in your corner, you know you have a lot going for you, but Fincher is said to be extraordinarily busy. He's kickstarting a CGI film, working on a television program and attempting to get funding from Disney to make an epic version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. He's also remarked that the process of making The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was tiring, as he is said to have constantly argued with producers for creative control of the film.
One thing is for sure: no matter what happens to the next film (and there almost certainly will be one, whether Fincher helms it or not), Rooney Mara had better return as heroine Lisbeth Salander. Her performance made the movie, despite the fact she was paid very little money for it. Expect big things from her, The Girl Who Played With Fire notwithstanding.