What’s next for the Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo?

David Fincher’s US adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will hit theaters right before Christmas.

But what about the other two stories in the trilogy: Played With Fire and Kicked the Hornet’s Nest?

As expected, there are already plans to shoot the next installment ASAP on the crest of  Fincher’s American remake. There’s also talk about the studio doing the sequels back to back, but it remains unclear if Fincher will be back for more.

When the New York Times asked Fincher if he wanted to direct the next film, he replied,”Ask me again in two months. I’m so tired right now I can’t think straight. You don’t ask a woman in labor, ‘Do you want another child?'”

Fincher told Total Film the script for the next film is “really good,” adding, “the second and third books are very much one story and it doesn’t seem prudent to me to go to Sweden for a year and then come back for a year, put out  the second film, go back to Sweden for a year, come back for a year” – hence the plans to shoot the films back to back.

The screenplay for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was written by Steve Zaillian, who is probably best known for the Schindler’s List screenplay (Zaillian won the Academy Award for it.) He also penned Awakenings and Moneyball, not to mention writing directing the wonderful under-rated gem Searching For Bobby Fischer. And according to Collider, Zaillian may make a remake of TimeCrimes, a movie I haven’t heard of, but I already like the title.

As Collider reports, it’s about someone who has to relive half an hour of his life three times. Zaillian feels he could shoot the remake “fast and cheap” because it has four characters, two locations, “and it all takes place in real time in about an hour and a half.”

As we’ve reported on TG, Fincher and Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer of Se7sen, are also working together on the update of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter of Contagion and the upcoming remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., did the first draft, and Fincher’s apparently waiting for Walker’s revisions. Fincher also told Collider 20,000 Leagues will be in 3D, while 70% of the film will be done with CGI.