David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, despite being based upon both a hit series of novels and a popular foreign film series, didn’t exactly set the box office on fire when it was released, becoming a mild to moderate success and generally considered to be one of Fincher’s lesser efforts.  That said, a sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is still in the works with a script from Steve Zaillan and star Rooney Mara set to return.  However, in a cost-cutting effort that reflects Sony’s now more cautious outlook on the series, star Daniel Craig may be getting the axe.

/Film reports that Craig, who starred as journalist Mikael Bloomkvist in the first film, may be written out of the sequel altogether, as rumor has it that Craig is demanding a post-Skyfall salary hike.  As Sony is playing it much cooler with the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire may be rewritten to focus solely upon Mara’s Lisbeth Salander entirely, with Bloomkvist no longer involved in the story (while it wouldn’t be an entirely easily fix, Bloomkvist is a supporting character in the Fire storyline, as opposed to his leading role in Dragon Tattoo).

However, Craig’s people state that he does intend to return and salary negotiations have yet to begin.  So perhaps this is all Sony’s way of discouraging Craig from returning at all.  It’s also still unclear whether Fincher will return either.  More on this as it develops.

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