David Fincher has been doing the rounds promoting the imminent release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo .
Unsurprisingly, press conference talk has turned to his involvement in potential Dragon Tattoo sequels The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest .
While he remains noncommittal, he did reveal that Steve Zaillian's script is "really good" and that if he was involved, he would shoot the sequels back-to-back.
On the sequels, he told indieWIRE : "Classically, movie studios don’t make deals with directors, even if there’s a hope that there’s going to be three [ films ], because they want to make sure you behave.”
“But yes, 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…"
On the possibility of launching a franchise, Fincher added, "Do I want to see a sequel for this? I would be happy for everyone involved as that would mean a lot of people went to see it and enjoyed it. Do I need to see a sequel? No, there’s a little bit of an emotional cliffhanger at the end, but the story is complete."
Fincher also went on to add, "I haven’t given the second and third books near enough scrutiny to be able to comment on [ them ]. I’ve seen Steven's script for the second one and it’s really good."
Expect to get a better idea of the status of the sequels once Dragon Tattoo 's opening weekend box office takings have been totted up.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens in the UK on Boxing Day.
Click here to read Total Film's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo review .