‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Remake May Be R-Rated

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake R Rated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Remake May Be R Rated

The last we heard about the English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Daniel Craig was reportedly close to signing a deal to play the lead character, investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Also, a lot of well-known actresses had been rumored to be playing the titular role.

Even though we still don’t know if Craig will star or who will play the lead tattooed character (Ellen Page? Keira Knightley? Carey Mulligan?), we have an update on the film that will please fans of the original Swedish-language version and the novel on which it’s based: the remake may end up being R-rated.

The info comes from Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal during an interview with The Wrap on the state of the movie industry in 2010. The Dragon Tattoo remake came up in the discussion when Pascal was asked why most of the movies that make money these days are known brands or are based on a pre-existing film, book or TV show.

Pascal hinted at the age-rating when asked if the dark, rebellious look of the main character, Lisbeth Salander, would be kept the same in the remake:

“We’re doing the book. That’s why we hired David Fincher. We’re going to really do this, in all their glory. Otherwise why do it? They’re very R-rated movies. It’s the shock of what’s really going on underneath the surface of society. If you don’t actually make good on that, you haven’t told the story.”

If you’re a fan of either the original Dragon Tattoo film or the source novel by the late Stieg Larsson, you’re probably wondering why the R-rating for the remake was even brought into question. To be fair, no one involved in the movie actually came out and stated it wouldn’t be rated R but we’ve at the same time, we’ve kind of been conditioned to think that most studio movies aim for PG-13, in order to open the movie to a wider (read: younger) audience.

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Hopefully the remake will be as R-rated as the original.

I’ve seen the original film and am actually in the middle of reading the book, and both are uncompromising and often brutally violent, with little thought spared for how people might react to the explicitness of it (much like Let the Right One In, another popular Swedish film that’s being remade). To me, that’s part of the essence of the story and toning it down would be a flat-out mistake. Hopefully what Pascal says is true and it will be “very R-rated.”

The interview with Pascal also revealed some other interesting pieces of info, including the fact that the studio hopes that David Fincher will direct not just Dragon Tattoo but the following two movies in “The Millennium Trilogy” as well. Fincher is just about the perfect director for this material and if it turns out as well as it should, I would hope he’d carry on and finish the trilogy.

Pascal also revealed that neither of the two main characters have been cast, despite reports last month that Daniel Craig was close to signing on. However, with just a couple of months to go before shooting starts, we can expect these announcements to come any day now.

I highly recommend you head over to The Wrap to read the rest of the interview with Pascal, for her thoughts on everything from keeping up-to-date with things online to what constitutes a failure at the box office.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to begin shooting this October and will be released in December, 2011.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. i heard the books where great from an employee of mine, i guess there are 3 books, i would not mind reading the books and watching the movies

  2. Books are great, the film is great, an American remake is unnecessary.

    • i felt the same when marty remade infernal affairs: wasnt necessary. just an example of hollywood running fresh out of steam in the ideas dept.

      • Couldn’t agree more. I love the original. I have a sinking feeling about this. R rating or not.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more! Fincher is one of my favorite directors but this one should be left alone and he should devote his skills to something original.

  3. lol so so so so true

  4. I never understood people getting excited over an R rating (cf. ads for “The Happening”). A good filmmaker can communicate a story without being graphic. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a little sex & violence in a film, but is it really worth a headline?

  5. If this film didn’t have an R rating and copious sex and violence, it would become more pointless that it already is and collapse inning itself in a black hole of pointlessness.

  6. Ellen Page all the way, with a nude scene for her =)

    • I dont think she would fit the role

  7. Keira would be perfect in the female lead. Not Ellen Page.

  8. I just watched this movie a few days ago and thought it was fine the way it was. Im starting to really hate American remakes in a reflexive way.
    Whoever pushed the idea of remaking it should be fired for being uncreative and useless.

    Maybe Im just not remembering like I should, but can anyone tell me of an American remake of a decent non-US film that was just as good as the original or better?

    • Oooh, I got one, damned near busted a head vain trying to come up with it:
      Vanilla Sky / Abre los Ojos

      The only US remake I can rember that was as good as it’s non-US counterpart.

    • Hmm… Nolan’s “Insomnia” wasn’t that bad.
      “The Departed” was rather good (though I prefer “Infernal Affairs”).

      I’m sure there are others as well, I’m not all that annoyed by remakes, but in cases like this (there’s at least three recent swedish movies being remade right now) it’s so obvious it’s done just for the money.

  9. why remake a movie thats not even 2 yrs old….. wait because america studios cant come up it fresh ideas and the american public can read subtitles

  10. These movies need to be made! The books were fantastic and the first movie was a pale inaccurate recap for those who had read it. The second movie is pretty awesome though…still waiting on the third. I think Fincher will absolutely master this remake and it’s completely necessary. I just hope that he can switch gears well enough to go all A Few Good Men on Hornet’s Nest…I seriously had the biggest literary hard one when reading the court scenes, so awesome. I wish him the best of luck because I want to be thrilled!

  11. Well, since the the first swedish movie of the millenium books is good, but could be better I’m really looking forward to the english remake, as long as they get the right actors. The second swedish movie though was just horrible, not just as an adaption but just as a movie.

  12. Hollywood has a seemingly permanent mindset of Monkey See Monkey Do, and all we can do is not watch this stuff at the theaters as a matter of principal. It’s really the only way to curb the quality of their products.

  13. I started on the second movie in the Millenium trilogy late last night.

    I can tell you right now the nudity and lesbian stuff will be tamed down big time in the remakes. *Sigh (LOL!)

  14. Well casting kiera knightley or ellen page or anyone else whose known for being highly attractive just wouldn’t have worked because lisbeth salander isn’t supposed to be beautiful. What I liked about the swedish versions was that the way it was shot was very brutal and honest.. you could see the pores in their faces and they didn’t all look amazing all the time.