In the end, it comes down to money.
On one side, you have Sony Pictures, who insists they still have plans to film sequels to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film banked $223 million worldwide, but wasn't considered a runaway success, mainly due to its $90 million budget. For the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Sony is looking to reduce the budget.
On the other side, there's star Daniel Craig, whom THR reports is the reason the sequel is being delayed. Sony has options on Craig for the two sequels, but the actor is seeking a pay raise in the wake of Skyfall grossing $1 billion worldwide.
If Sony can't come to an agreement with Craig, the studio will write the character, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, out of the sequels.
Craig's reps say negotiations have not begun and the actor wants to return to the role.
Worst case, if Craig is written out of the sequels, the focus on the second become is primarily on Lisabeth Salander (Rooney Mara), who is already on board to reprise the role.
There's also the question of whether Fincher will return to helm the sequel. Sony is said to be in negotiations with the director who is currently directing the new Netflix series House of Cards.
Would you like to see Craig come back for The Girl Who Played with Fire?