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MGM to co-finance Sony's 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

May 17, 2011 |  4:48 pm

DragonTattoo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will finance 20% of Sony Pictures' upcoming English-language remake of the Swedish hit "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

The approximately $100-million production is being shot in Sweden, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It will hit theaters Dec. 21.

Sony and MGM's co-financing arrangement on "Tattoo," announced Tuesday, falls under a larger funding partnership the two studios struck in April centered on MGM's next two James Bond films. At the time, the studios said they would work together on other movies over the next five years.

MGM is likely to co-finance Sony's next two planned "Dragon Tattoo" films, based on a trilogy of bestselling books by Stieg Larsson, though no formal deals have been reached, according to a person close to the matter.

As with the Bond movies, Sony will market and distribute "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" around the world. MGM will get television licensing rights in certain foreign countries.

-- Ben Fritz


Sony and MGM finalize James Bond, co-financing partnership

Photo: Cover of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Credit: Random House