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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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11:02PM on 07/21/2010
I'm in the middle of the first book and honestly? Larsson is very direct on the description of the character of Lisbeth. The ONLY actress who is plausible enough to play her is Ellen Page. If they cast anyone else, I won't watch the film. Already been through a supposedly great director completely DESTROYING one of my favorite novels with shitty casting (Peter Jackson and the abomination that he calls the adaption of THE LOVELY BONES).
I'm in the middle of the first book and honestly? Larsson is very direct on the description of the character of Lisbeth. The ONLY actress who is plausible enough to play her is Ellen Page. If they cast anyone else, I won't watch the film. Already been through a supposedly great director completely DESTROYING one of my favorite novels with shitty casting (Peter Jackson and the abomination that he calls the adaption of THE LOVELY BONES).
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1:46AM on 07/22/2010
I haven't read the books, but I got the impression that she wasn't supposed to be a supermodel. If Ellen Page can completely transform herself and give a performance unlike any we've seen from her, I would love to see her in it. I really like it when actors go out of their comfort zones.

EDIT: Also, that scene in Inception when she goes into Cobb's mind was some great acting.
I haven't read the books, but I got the impression that she wasn't supposed to be a supermodel. If Ellen Page can completely transform herself and give a performance unlike any we've seen from her, I would love to see her in it. I really like it when actors go out of their comfort zones.

EDIT: Also, that scene in Inception when she goes into Cobb's mind was some great acting.
6:57PM on 07/21/2010
i can see them making this a tamer version which will suck. in the book and film, there was a lot of violence and nudity which i don't think any of the actresses they've listed as possible candidates will agree to. Noomi played it raw and held nothing back. i say teach her to speak english and give her the role, especially if they are wanting english with a swedish accent
i can see them making this a tamer version which will suck. in the book and film, there was a lot of violence and nudity which i don't think any of the actresses they've listed as possible candidates will agree to. Noomi played it raw and held nothing back. i say teach her to speak english and give her the role, especially if they are wanting english with a swedish accent
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1:59PM on 07/21/2010

The Best Trilogy!

The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo has become one of my favorite movies but the other films were just as good so it became one of the best trilogies ive ever seen. I hate that hollywood wants to remake these. its impossibl to capture everything just as well as the originals. David fincher is a great director and im stoked to see The Social Network but this is not needed. No girls on that list can give as good of a performance as Noomi Rapace did for lisbeth.
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo has become one of my favorite movies but the other films were just as good so it became one of the best trilogies ive ever seen. I hate that hollywood wants to remake these. its impossibl to capture everything just as well as the originals. David fincher is a great director and im stoked to see The Social Network but this is not needed. No girls on that list can give as good of a performance as Noomi Rapace did for lisbeth.
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12:53PM on 07/21/2010
I also agree that this is ANOTHER unnecessary remake, however, now that we don't have a choice in the matter, I'm really interested to see what Fincher can do with it.. Also I vote Page for Lisbeth.. I think that she could really rock it.
I also agree that this is ANOTHER unnecessary remake, however, now that we don't have a choice in the matter, I'm really interested to see what Fincher can do with it.. Also I vote Page for Lisbeth.. I think that she could really rock it.
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9:21AM on 07/21/2010
Agreed that the remake is not necessary. However, since they're going ahead with it regardless, it's nice to see that they're planning on doing it correctly.
Agreed that the remake is not necessary. However, since they're going ahead with it regardless, it's nice to see that they're planning on doing it correctly.
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9:06AM on 07/21/2010
I still vote for Kristen Stewart, but with Breaking Dawn production, that probably won't happen.
I still vote for Kristen Stewart, but with Breaking Dawn production, that probably won't happen.
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7:25AM on 07/21/2010

Why??

This is a great film, and like so many other foreign films dosent need a remake! Love David Fincher but he should be puttin his skill to something original which is what he is best at.
This is a great film, and like so many other foreign films dosent need a remake! Love David Fincher but he should be puttin his skill to something original which is what he is best at.
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4:21AM on 07/21/2010
i dig david fincher and hope he does these movies justice. as for the tidbit, yeah, i can definitely see carey mulligan do the role of lisbeth
i dig david fincher and hope he does these movies justice. as for the tidbit, yeah, i can definitely see carey mulligan do the role of lisbeth
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3:52AM on 07/21/2010
Really wish Fincher wouldn't waste his time on this film. Like the person below me said the foreign film was just released a few years ago why bother making a new one? And to think that the man is going to be tied up with three films of this? ugh.....I really wish he would find something better to do with his time.
Really wish Fincher wouldn't waste his time on this film. Like the person below me said the foreign film was just released a few years ago why bother making a new one? And to think that the man is going to be tied up with three films of this? ugh.....I really wish he would find something better to do with his time.
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12:11AM on 07/21/2010
The original is a top notch film and it just came out a couple yrs ago, I dont see why it has to be remade in Hollywood already. I thoroughly enjoyed Finchers Zodiac, Seven and Fight Club though so at least he's proven he has the chops to do a hard R story. I think it could be done well, just dont see why it needs to be done.
The original is a top notch film and it just came out a couple yrs ago, I dont see why it has to be remade in Hollywood already. I thoroughly enjoyed Finchers Zodiac, Seven and Fight Club though so at least he's proven he has the chops to do a hard R story. I think it could be done well, just dont see why it needs to be done.
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11:34PM on 07/20/2010

uh

I just watched this movie today and it's uh.. really boring.
I don't get the hype AT ALL. Maybe someone can fill me in? I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I didn't care at all for any of the characters. Also, (SPOILER) why show lizbeth being raped by her guardian? Didn't bring anything to the story at all. Dumb movie. Didn't read the book.
I just watched this movie today and it's uh.. really boring.
I don't get the hype AT ALL. Maybe someone can fill me in? I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I didn't care at all for any of the characters. Also, (SPOILER) why show lizbeth being raped by her guardian? Didn't bring anything to the story at all. Dumb movie. Didn't read the book.
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11:06PM on 07/20/2010
I thought the idea of Keira Knightly was a great choice.
I thought the idea of Keira Knightly was a great choice.
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10:58PM on 07/20/2010

Just give it to Noomi Rapace

She owns that role so completely that no one else could possibly come close.
She owns that role so completely that no one else could possibly come close.
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11:03PM on 07/20/2010
If her English is fine, then yeah why not? Wouldn't be the first time something like that happened.
If her English is fine, then yeah why not? Wouldn't be the first time something like that happened.
3:49AM on 07/21/2010
Rapace has said, repeatedly, that she doesn't want to do it.
Rapace has said, repeatedly, that she doesn't want to do it.
10:27PM on 07/20/2010
It's too early for me to get into this news of an American adaption of the "Millennium trilogy." I still need to see the sequels "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." The first film is excellent though, a top shelf thriller in my opinion.

It's too early for me to get into this news of an American adaption of the "Millennium trilogy." I still need to see the sequels "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." The first film is excellent though, a top shelf thriller in my opinion.

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12:31AM on 07/21/2010
completely agree
completely agree
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