Though the movie is due out momentarily, the press conference for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just happened, and David Fincher was asked about his likelihood of doing the second two books in the Stieg Larson Millennium trilogy. His response was that if this film is successful, they’ll make the two sequels back-to-back.

Steve Weintraub of Collider was there and got the quote from Fincher. He said “Yes, the second two books are very much one story and it doesn’t seem prudent to me to go to Sweden for a year, come back for a year, put out the second one, go to Sweden for a year, come back for a year.” Fincher also talked about how the books themselves seemed to be two halves of the same novel. Currently Fincher is working on his adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

From all apparent evidence, no work has been done on those sequels, so the filmmakers and the studios are in “wait and see” mode for the continuation of the trilogy. That said, everything Fincher’s saying makes sense on a number of levels. First and foremost, there are only two more books, and so if this does become a runaway success, I’m sure that everyone involved would love to not only get it done with, but have the security of two more gigs lined up. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo hits theaters December 20th starting at 8pm.

Do you think the books are successful enough to inspire those sequels?