Daniel Craig could be written out of ‘Dragon Tattoo’ sequel

A report claims the actor could be asking for too much money to return as Mikael Blomkvist

Daniel Craig could be written out of the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, according to a new report.

Directed by David Fincher, the Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson‘s best-selling novel – the first in his ‘Millennium trilogy’ – came out in December 2011. It starred Craig as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, while Rooney Mara played computer-hacking heroine Lisbeth Salander.

The sequel, an adaptation of Larsson’s second novel The Girl Who Played With Fire, was originally due this year (2013). However, the project was delayed while its script was being finished and Fincher has yet to sign up as director.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took $233 million (£147 million) at the box office worldwide, which makers Sony later described as a “modest loss”. According to sources talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is “hellbent” on reducing the cost of the sequel, which could involve cutting Craig, who reportedly wants a pay rise following the billion-dollar success of Skyfall.

However, the sequel now has a finished script by Steven Zaillian, who also adapted Dragon Tattoo, and Sony is said to be against a rewrite. Meanwhile, a source close to Craig has apparently told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is keen to return, though negotiations have yet to begin.