Craig cannot remain Bond-ed to the series, which is cutting costs.

What's holding up the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? "Who cares?," while my answer of choice, is not acceptable here. 

The real answer, according to The Hollywood Reporter: Daniel Craig! According to the trade, Craig wants a raise in the next film, coming hot on the heels of Skyfall being a world-smashingly huge box office hit. But Sony doesn't want to spend more, since the TGWTDT didn't quite do the same kind of business that Bond's last outing did. They'd prefer to maybe have Craig take a paycut. 

Further, the trade says that Sony is considering writing Craig's character, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, out of The Girl Who Played With FIre altogether. That's certainly one solution. 

I have to wonder, though. This all feels like negotiating in the media, like Sony dropped this story into THR's lap so that Craig's agent and management would see that they're willing to play hardball. The whole article leans heavily on the conceit that the movie is pretty much ready to start shooting ASAP, and that even David Fincher seems available to come back right away. This all stinks of psyops, an attempt to gte Craig's reps to fall in line wth the lower budget of the new movies. 

In the meantime, let's argue about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in the comments. I know some of you guys loved it, while others - like me, right-thinking people - kind of loathed it.