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.
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.