Adapting The Girl Who Played With Fire

It looks like Fincher may have a winner on his hands with the Hollywood remake of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy: With book sales sky-rocketing rapidly, Sony has now already begun negotiations with scribe Steve Zaillian to pen the second installment of the trilogy, "The Girl Who Played With Fire" -- and possibly take on the book-to-movie adaptation for the entire series.

As deadline reports, with book sales going strong and reminiscent of the Harry Potter and Twilight series, it is only logical to follow a similar pattern in adapting the literary material for the big screen: "Both Potter and Twilight have been able to balance quality with speed by having the same screenwriter from start to finish. Steve Kloves has scripted all but one of the Harry Potter films for Warner Bros, while Melissa Rosenberg has scripted all five Twilight Saga films for Summit Entertainment."

Notably though, the screenplays were then helmed by different directors: Catherine Hardwicke, Chris Weitz, David Slade and Bill Condon for Twilight. Harry Potter was tackled by Chris Columbus (two films), Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Mike Newell, and David Yates (two films -- or three, depending on how you wanna count 'em).

Whichever way they are going, I cannot imagine a perfectionist filmmaker like David Fincher going through the full stretch of three adaptations: That would keep him busy for close to five years and further delay the host of in-development projects on his slate. My guess is Sony will have Fincher direct the first movie to gain momentum and attach big names, and then shift to another director each for part two and three. But I'm very curious... and open to surprises... let's see how it will all play out.

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