01/31/2013 11:36 am ET

Daniel Craig's 'Dragon Tattoo' Trouble? New Report Suggests Sequel Could Move Forward Without Him

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 putting "Dragon Tattoo" in the loss column, Sony has held firm on its plans to continue the trilogy. “[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” Sony told EW last year.

Whether Fincher returns, however, is up for debate. The aforementioned "Gone Girl" is now on his radar, and he's still hoping to make "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", which has been on Fincher's plate since 2010. As recently as October of 2012, Brad Pitt was approached to star. No deal was reached, but Fincher could still make the film.

For more on "The Girl Who Played With Fire," head over to THR.

[via THR]

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