A funny thing about 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': audiences seem to love the film (David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's rape-y novel has received an A-grade on Cinemascore), critics and major filmmakers do as well, and ticket sales for a nearly three-hour R-rated thriller during the holiday season have been solid. Thus far, 'Tattoo' has grossed over $60 million at the box office, and -- with little competition through the next month -- should be able to hit $100 million domestically, plus whatever millions more the film grabs overseas. And yet! In some quarters, 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' is being looked at like a disappointment. Not in at the offices of Sony, though, where plans are full-steam ahead on the next entry in Larsson's Millenium trilogy, 'The Girl Who Played With Fire.'

"['Dragon Tattoo'] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book," a representative for Sony told EW. "Development continues." Writer Steve Zaillian is still working on the script for 'Fire.'

No word yet on whether Fincher will return (he's been coy about future 'Dragon Tattoo' involvement), but stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are contracted for the second and third films, should they come to pass.

[via EW]

[Photo: Sony]

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