Fincher Confirmed for ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Remake

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Although his involvement has been rumored for the past few months, The Playlist has confirmed David Fincher will follow up his Facebook-inspired project The Social Network with an English-language remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The U.S.  remake of the hit 2009 Sweedish film (which itself was based off the first entry in the successful Millennium trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson) will be produced by Scott Rudin with Steve Zaillian (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Schindler’s List) currently set to pen the screenplay.

No news yet on a release date, but the flick starts shooting in September this year so look for this one to hit theaters sometime in 2011, possibly in the summer.

Fincher’s involvement with the project sounds like a perfect fit, given the source material.  The plot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo involves a dark mystery, gruesome murders, and a modern-day technowiz punk for a protagonist (i.e. said girl with tattoo).  It’s the sort of subject matter that should see Fincher return to his Seven/Fight Club/Zodiac form – as opposed to his last film, the fairy tale-like romance The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  For fans of his more macabre work, this will be welcome news indeed.

No news yet on casting for the flick, though you can probably expect some high caliber names to sign on for this project in the near future, given Fincher’s reputation as a director.  Fincher is reportedly set on hiring an unknown to play the title role (a.k.a. Lisabeth Salander), so don’t expect to see Keira Knightley sporting a pierced nose and some elaborate tattoos any time soon.

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Th Girl With The Dragon Tatoo Swedish version

Curiously, this is one of two U.S. remakes of hit Swedish films which were themselves based off hit novels from the same country. The other (due to be released October 1st of this year) is Let Me In, director Matt Reeves’ (Cloverfield) take on the 2008 Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In.  Both of these originals were critically-acclaimed hits in their own right, but failed to reach a broad audience in the states.  Only time will tell if their American counterparts will do any better.

Of course, Fincher’s confirmation for Girl With A Dragon Tattoo means that he won’t be doing Pawn Sacrifice, the movie about chess legend Bobby Fischer we reported on earlier this month.

We’ll keep you updated on the development of both films.

Sources: The Playlist, Empire Online

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  1. Terrible news… they should show the original…

  2. I would agree…if it wasn't David Fincher doing it. That is a bright ray of hope, IMHO.

  3. I think it's good.. Fincher works better with these “dark” films, not Oscar bait like Benjamin Gump or s**t like that..

  4. This Fincher film isn't a remake but a fresh adaptation from the same source material. There's a difference. Rapace pulled off one of the best female performances of the last decade (everyone should watch her in action) but here's my star studded wishlist:

    Salander: Ellen Page. She's proven she can do dark and twisted in two Salander-esque roles. Hard Candy (2005) and The Tracey Fragments (2007). She fits the physical description better than any other actress. Fanboys/girls who say Kristen Stewart fits the description is looking too closely at Noomi Rapace and not at the source material!
    Blomkvist: George Clooney. Not my favourite actor but he's the right age and look and has played this kind of role his whole career.
    Berger: Julia Roberts. Can play mature-wise-attractive and has major box office pull.
    Henrik Vanger: Max Von Sydow. A Swedish Hollywood actor. Would be nice to have a Swede in the cast. He's the Right age and has played similar roles in the last 15 years (Minority Report)

    • Ellen Page. Seriously?
      George Clooney. Seriously?
      Julia Roberts. Seriously?

      Neither Kristen Stewart or Ellen Page would work well in that role. They’re two decent actresses, but they’ve done nothing spectacular or of this caliber before. Terrible choice and you’re just picking two obvious tween stars who don’t have the kind of range for that work.
      I agree with a girl below – Fairuza Bulk would be better suited for the role. She has the look, the experience, and the attitude. She’s of the right age and has done many movies with that kind of personality before. Have you even read the book? If you did than you’d know neither Page or Stewart are right for that part. If you had read the book.. shame on you.
      Clooney and Roberts? Ugh. Roberts makes me think of romantic comedies because that is what she’s good at. A few serious roles here and there but there are no fireworks. I see where you’re going – but why do you need big names to get box office pull? I know the whole point of making these movies is to make money – not please the true fans, but I don’t think she could pull off that character. Clooney is all wrong, but so is Daniel Craig. I’ve seen the people they’ve cast and I think they’ve got a decent lineup.

  5. Sigh. Why can't Hollywood leave well enough alone and come up with its own ideas? This is, ultimately, a Swedish story, and given that there is already a well-crafted Swedish film version that has been very well-received, the only reason for an American version is for someone to make more money by making it more “palatable” to the US public, which will inevitably involve distorting the original work.

  6. I adore tattoos and don’t for a second regret having any of them, I’m currently getting a koi tattoo sleeve done down my left arm can’t wait to get it finished! as can only afford smallsessions at a time. My local artist is very good and also very expensive but, he’s worth it! Great site btw

  7. yes i agree:
    Ellen Page for Salander
    George Clooney for Blomkvist.


  8. What about Fairuza Balk as Salander? I think she’d be perfect! Did you see her in Bad Lieutanant?? And she’s already got some tatts :)

  9. I would love to have seen Liam Neeson play Mikhail Blomkvist.

  10. This is just like when they chose Kristen Stewart to play Joan Jett.Similar but they lack that tough side.

  11. wait a minute.Geogre Clooney too!Were did he come from?!