‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ won’t be released in 2013

It had always seemed like a long shot to me that we’d be seeing ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ at any point next year, especially if Sony wanted David Fincher to come back to direct. As things stayed mostly silent, the idea of the sequel to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ hitting theaters in 2013 even more unlikely, and Entertainment Weekly (found here) is confirming the sensible notion that the adaptation of the second book in the popular series is still being worked on at the script level by scribe Steven Zaillian, so it’s looking like 2014 or later for the movie. David Fincher is still the top choice to make it, and it appears he’s still in play, but we don’t know that for sure. After the jump you can see the story, but stay tuned for more details as we know it. Either way though, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are still onboard for more. Read on below…

Here’s what EW had to say:

The Girl Who Played With Fire, the sequel to last year’s David Fincher-directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will not be in theaters late next year as had originally been hoped, a source close to the production tells EW. Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian is still working on the script, and nothing will move forward until the screenplay is nailed down. While there’s still no director attached, Fincher remains the first choice and hasn’t ruled out returning. And despite the uncertain timetable, the film is still definitely moving forward, although the source says that they are not in a rush and at this point there is no information about when it might be released. In November, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal told us that stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were both locked in for the sequel.

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