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Date for David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... and trilogy?

07.20.2010

By now, you've undoubtedly heard about Stieg Larsson's acclaimed bestselling "Millennium Trilogy" books and their feature adaptations, beginning with the superb Swedish thriller THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (which you can now catch on DVD).

As soon as director David Fincher changes his Facebook status to "I've released THE SOCIAL NETWORK", he'll be digging into an Americanized version of the phenomenon, and Deadline says his film has already been given a release date of December 21, 2011 by Sony.

Speaking of Sony, The Wrap just chatted with the studio honcho Amy Pascal, who had these choice bits to say about the harsh tone of the story (also known as MEN WHO HATE WOMEN):

"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."

Pascal confirms the 2011 release date, and wants to get the next two remakes out as quickly as possible (the original features of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST have already been released). Will they also be with Fincher?

"Yeah, I would like it. I’m hoping he will. And he’s hoping he will."

Pascal also refutes any casting, although Daniel Craig's name has been often linked to the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist. But the big question is whether there is another actress who can possibly inhabit the role of fierce hacker Lisbeth Salander, which will demand serious transformation by whoever wins the part so perfectly portrayed by Noomi Rapace -- good luck filling those shoes.

Pascal says: "We are going to do a global search on her. Every actress in the world wants it.  It’s the greatest character for a girl since I-don’t-know-what."

Deadline had this to say on the topic: "While actresses like Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page and Mia Wasikowska (ALICE IN WONDERLAND) have been mentioned as possible Lisbeth candidates, I'm told that actresses including Emily Browning (SUCKER PUNCH), Sara Snook (SLEEPING BEAUTY), Rooney Mara (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and Sophie Lowe (BLAME) have also entered the fray, and will test shortly for the role, in a process similar to the one Columbia held before choosing Andrew Garfield to play Spider-Man."

Deadline also claims that "Fincher is telling actresses to working on their Swedish accents, which indicates the novel may not Americanized." (Which sort of reinforces that you should just go watch the original, really.)

Steve Zaillian (SCHINDLER'S LIST) wrote the script. The synopsis: One fateful day several years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses and no evidence. Nearly forty years later, investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist reluctantly accepts the unusual and seemingly unsolvable assignment of finding out what really happened to Harriet. Genius hacker, Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is drawn into the case and the two form a fragile alliance as they dig into the sinister past of the Vangers and find out just how far they're prepared to go to protect themselves and each other.

Extra Tidbit: Any of those actors for Lisbeth work for you?
Source: The WrapDeadline

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